Adhesive Tapes

How do I know how much tape I need?

The amount of tape required is related to the length of splintage. The length of splintage is dictated by the age of your baby; see the table here for a rough guide.

 

Do I need additional tape supplies?

There is usually enough tape in each Basic Kit for a newborn (under one month old). If you have ordered ONLY the Basic Kit, and NOT the Premium Pack, and your baby is older than one month, you WILL need to order additional adhesive tapes in addition to the EarBuddiesTM Basic Kit. This is because the splintage period is longer in an older baby.

 

Do I need to order additional tape if I have ordered the Premium Pack?

The Premium Pack usually contains enough tape to last 2 - 3 months of splinting both ears (using a combination of Wide and SuperWide tapes), depending on how often you change the tapes. If your baby is older than 3 months of age, you may need to order additional tape.

 

How much additional tape do I need? 

Most parents use roughly 2 to 4 additional SuperWide tape pouches per month of splinting. The SuperWide tapes are the cheapest way to buy the tape; they are used whole (uncut) to hold the splinted ear to the head, and can also be cut into strips to make the Narrow tapes which fix the EarBuddiesTM splint to the ear.

 

What are the EarBuddiesTM Adhesive Tapes made of?

EarBuddiesTM use Suture Strip® Plus Flexible Wound Closure Strips, supplied by Derma SciencesTM. Our Adhesive Tapes are made of macroporous non-woven polyamide with a pressure sensitive adhesive. The proprietary materials allow Suture Strip® Plus to have a perfect balance between elasticity and adherence, closely mimicking the elastic modulus of human skin. The inherent elasticity of the product allows the strips to elongate and yield to the movement of skin, preventing the concentration of forces at the proximal ends and reducing the chances of traction blisters or skin shear. The strips are water resistant and have a skin-friendly adhesive. Not made with natural rubber latex.

 

Can I use different tape?

The medical grade, latex-free adhesive tapes we supply are tough enough to hold the ear in place, but gentle on the skin and hypoallergenic. Do not use inferior tape - without the correct hypoallergenic, tensile and adhesive properties, skin shear, inflammation and soreness is likely, and the correction will be much slower and less successful.

 

Can I use tape without the EarBuddiesTM splints?

No. Please do not use tape without the EarBuddiesTM splint properly in place. This is NOT effective in correcting an ear permanently, and can cause ear deformity, including rim kink and folded-over helical rim.

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  • "Early splinting of neonatal ear deformities has been proven to be successful but the opportunity to splint is frequently missed due to lack of awareness amongst healthcare personnel."

    International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, NHS Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow - 2013

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  • "His ears look great now and people can't believe the before and after pictures. Thank you so much EarBuddies! You have made a great change in my sons life!!"

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  • "She's been wearing the splints for 2 months now and her ears look amazing!"

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  • "Thank you for helping us prevent future cosmetic surgery and give symmetrical ears to our little boy during his early childhood."

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  • "Many are told it will improve with age, or that simple taping will work, when in fact the opposite is true. Odd-shaped ears, which do not become completely normal in appearance within 48 hours of birth should be splinted."

    Royal College of Midwives: A Smart Start

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  • "The results are nothing short of amazing. She doesn't even notice them on and applying and removing is a lot easier than I thought it would be."

    Simone Marshall - Victoria, Australia

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  • "I can not recommend them enough! I now feel happy that Charlie can grow up without being self conscious of her ears."

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  • "We are so pleased and so glad a product has been designed to help to save the little people from having to go through a painful, expensive operation."

    Michelle - Bristol, UK

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  • "If successful, an effective splinting programme could consign the surgical correction of all but the most severe ear deformities to the past."

    British Medical Journal 17 Feb 2007, Volume 334

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  • "This is a phenomenal product & more people should know about it!! It's a shame US doctors don't know about this. This product will save so many children from having to get surgery and being teased about their ears."

    Mrs. Kasey Ott, U.S.A

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  • "Splintage is a simple, safe and non-invasive procedure for the correction of prominent ears."

    British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons

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  • "Thank you EarBuddies for such an amazing product. Such a minor inconvenience for a lifelong result. I know my son will be grateful in the years to come."

    Hayley, New Zealand

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  • "I cannot be happier with the result that we have achieved and am keeping the splints on for a bit longer to be sure of the result. I only wish that I had known about it before as my 3 year old nephew was born with cup ear..."

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