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Hi there, has anyone had there babies ears taped or splinted due to prominant ears or earlobes curling up or just mishapen ears? my little girl is nearly 4 weeks old and I am thinking of consulting with a surgeon to see if they tape or splint ears to help.
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Wednesday, August 08, 2012 5:08 AM
Sunday, August 12, 2012 3:13 AM
Don't worry about it too much now. It might correct it's self.
When my second son was born his ears stuck right out the sides and they were often folded over. People felt the need to comment on them or laugh too which was horrible. He's now 20 months and they are fine. They still stick out a bit compaired to DS1 but with a bit of hair etc you hardly notice them :)
Saturday, August 11, 2012 9:12 AM
Surgery was free in SOME DHB's around 10 yrs ago but not sure about now, and yes it was recommended to do it before school age to avoid the bullying problem. Perhaps talk to your GP about it.
Saturday, August 11, 2012 5:48 AM
I phoned a cosmetic surgeon's office as I was worried that DD's ears folded a little at the tops (they don't i'm just paranoid!) anyway, they said there was nothing that could be done and whatever you did do, would have to be done 24/7.
Rural-mum sorry but you have ben given incorrect information. Surgery is not free at any stage as its classed as a birth defect - eg not an accident and covered by ACC.
Wednesday, August 08, 2012 8:23 AM
Once they start moving their head side to side more often they usually sort themselves out. DS2 is just a month old now and it took a good three weeks for one ear to unfold and it still folds easily now.
If you're really concerned talk to your midwife, Plunket nurse or GP.
Taping or splinting seems a bit drastic to me - just think they've been curled up inside you and folded up for 9 months it'll take a while - DS2 also has a habit of sucking in bottom lip and folding thumb into fist and then over a finger - they're all quirks from in utero and will slowly relax as he gets older.
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