That's it! The fiddly bit is done. If the splint is correctly fitted, the ear should now have a greatly improved shape and position beneath the tapes. Once the cartilage hardens in this new position, you should achieve permanent correction.

TOP TIP - If the ends of the tapes lift, but the rest is firmly stuck, simply trim the ends and apply some fresh tape on top if necessary.

 


Step 7 - Headwear

EarBuddies™ headwear is designed to keep the splints from prying eyes, to avoid the questions that splinting can attract. It can also support the correction and keep baby's inquisitive fingers away from the ears, but if you don't want your baby to wear a hat, then that's fine. Note, you should always check that any headwear is not making baby too warm.

TOP TIP - If the area appears sore, and the soreness doesn't settle, remove the tape and splints (see Step 8) and allow the skin to settle before continuing.

 


Step 8 - Remove the adhesive tapes

It is possible to remove the adhesive tapes using baby soap and water, but most parents prefer Adhesive Remover wipes. Appeel® is the preferred option, as it is alcohol-free, sting-free and formulated for sensitive skin. We also sell Zoff which is cheaper, but contains alcohol.

  • Appeel is designed to permeate the breathable Adhesive Tapes, creating a layer of silicone, allowing the tapes to fall away easily.
  • Tear sachet to open and fold the wipe into a long rectangle.
  • One section at a time, hold the Appeel wipe firmly on top of the adhesive tapes to be removed; it doesn't matter if the wipe directly touches the skin, as Appeel is formulated for the most sensitive skin.
  • Allow the adhesive remover to soak in for 30-60 seconds.
  • Gently lift off the tapes without pulling at the skin.
  • Use the wipe to remove any remaining adhesive residue.
  • Appeel® rapidly evaporates from the skin surface. Once dry, it will not affect the adhesion of the fresh tapes.

Step 9 - Apply Medihoney® (optional)

  • If your baby's skin becomes inflamed during splintage, Medihoney® Barrier Cream will help restore the skin's barrier properties, moisture and pH levels. Click here for more information on Medihoney®
  • Medihoney® should be applied to clean, dry skin using clean hands.
  • Apply a pea-sized amount to all areas that appear inflamed; a little goes a long way.
  • Leave Medihoney® to soothe the skin (with the adhesive tapes off) for as long as it takes for the inflammation to settle (reapply Medihoney® after bathing).
  • Once the skin has settled, ensure the area is clean and dry before continuing with splintage; adhesive tape will not stick to Medihoney® Barrier Cream.
  • We would recommend applying Cavilon™ Barrier Film to the area at this point to protect against any future inflammation during splintage (see Step 3).

Once the splints are fitted...

Once the splints are in place, it is important that the ears do not get wet as this may reduce adhesion and encourage inflammation. It is best to keep baby clean with a damp flannel, and to wash baby’s head/hair only when you change the tapes.

If possible, try to keep the splints and tapes in place for two weeks at a time. Change the tapes if they are wet or are no longer doing their job, but not simply because they look a little dog-eared and grubby. By the first time you do this, you should see the beginnings of what can be achieved. In newborns, you can usually make a single application do the trick, but in babies older than two to three weeks, you will normally have to change the tapes at least once.

Inspect your baby’s ears (with tapes in place) each day to make sure that they are not becoming inflamed. Because very young babies sweat very little, the tape tends to stick better and for longer than in older babies, and if your baby is newborn, you may not need to change the tape at all. As your baby gets older, it is likely that the tapes will work loose more easily, as baby sweats more and is more active, and tapes may need changing more often.

When changing the adhesive tapes, and prior to bathing, remember to shave any hair that has grown since you last fitted the tapes to prevent new hair growth prickling. Don't forget to take photos to record the progress.

Additional Adhesive Tape Supplies can be ordered from our online shop if necessary.

TO PREVENT YOUR BABY ACCIDENTALLY SWALLOWING THE SPLINT, IT IS VITAL THAT YOU ENSURE THAT IT IS FIRMLY TAPED IN POSITION

 


WARNING

Your EarBuddies™ kit contains medical grade plastics, inert metals and hypoallergenic adhesive tape which should not harm your baby’s delicate skin. The device should not be used if the skin of your baby’s ear is broken. Should redness or other signs of irritation persist, consult a physician. The device is strictly for external use only, and no attempt should be made to insert the device into the ear canal, nor internally elsewhere.

EarBuddies™ will improve the majority of simple problems of shape, contour and position of the external ear. However, they cannot replace missing tissue or guarantee success in all cases. Specialist fitting is usually required for children who will need hearing aids or have microtia.

Record your progress!

Don’t forget take photos before and during splintage to record your progress. When splintage is complete, we would love to hear your success story. Please contact us through our online contact form, or enter our Ear of the Month Award to win £50 in Amazon Vouchers!

All you need to do is write a brief outline of your success story, then send it with a before and after picture to earofthemonth@earbuddies.co.uk.