How does Early Ear Correction work?

When a baby is born, the cartilage framework of the ears is extremely soft because of Mum’s hormones. Some squashing of the ears is natural during birth, but if the ears remain an odd shape after 48 hours, or if they start to stick out, this will quite quickly become permanent as the cartilage naturally hardens. EarbuddiesTM splints re-mould the cartilage folds in a baby's ears to restore the natural curves and hold the ear close to the side of the head. When the framework hardens in the controlled shape, there is a permanent, surgery-free correction.


About 5% of babies are born with abnormally shaped or stick-out ears, but a further 2% of babies develop them in the first six months of life.

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The splints are fitted into the gully (scaphal hollow) of the ear and fixed by narrow strips of tape, and then the whole ear is taped to the side of the head using a wide tape strip. The pressure of the splint in the scaphal hollow resets the natural spring of the ear cartilage, correcting any tendency to make the ears stick out whilst reshaping the proper contours of the rest of the ear. DO NOT simply stick baby’s ear to the side of the head without first fitting the splint. This can distort the shape of the ear, particularly the rim, and is actively discouraged.

 

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  • "Thank you so much Earbuddies!! You saved my baby from some future insecurities and saved us thousands of dollars in plastic surgery!!!"

    Leopoldo - San Diego, USA

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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!!"

    Laura, Buckinghamshire, UK

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

    Niki - Essex, UK

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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."

    Dr. Kristen H. - Iowa, USA

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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."

    Tara Wooldridge - Nottingham, UK

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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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  • "The fitting instructions are so easy to follow with great illustrations that helped me to feel confident in the fitting process. We are thrilled with your product and the results!"

    Kelly Moore - Instagrammer

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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..."

    Julie B, UK

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