Source: Royal College of Surgeons Pinnaplasty Commissioning Guide, accredited by NICE and considered national best practice.
EarBuddies™ have been providing Early Ear Correction™ for more than 25 years and many thousands of children throughout the world have avoided teasing and surgery as a result.
An independent study by the NHS Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow found that '78% of parents rated the efficacy of splints as either excellent or very good and 96% said they would recommend the service to a friend'. When EarBuddies are fitted by professionals, the success rate rises to 92%.
Since the first EarBuddies patient in 1990, EarBuddies have helped many thousands of children around the world to grow up comfortable and confident with their ears.
"Many ear deformities can be corrected at birth by a splintage device, which is essentially what Ear Buddies provides. The cartilage in the ear is floppy at birth because of the effect of oestrogen, a hormone produced by the mother, on its structure. It slowly hardens into adulthood but this happens most rapidly between birth and one year. During this period, splintage can work really well. In a newborn it can correct a deformed or sticking-out ear within two weeks; in a three-month-old within ten weeks. Splints are comfortable and children usually tolerate them surprisingly well." - Dr Jane Collins, Chief Executive and Honorary Consultant Paediatrican, Great Ormond Street Hospital, The Times 2006
Numerous studies throughout the world have concluded neonatal splintage is highly effective and cost efficient, and that awareness and provision of good advice about neonatal splintage should be best practice.
"The avoidance of surgery at a later date is a clear benefit for the individual. Their cost being significantly less than that of surgery is also of importance." - RCS Pinnaplasty Commissioning Guide, accredited by NICE
"Early splinting of neonatal ear deformity has been proven to be successful but the opportunity to splint is often missed due to lack of awareness amongst healthcare personnel". - NHS Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow
Win the confidence of a new family unit for a lifetime. Early Ear Correction with EarBuddies is simply the right thing to do.
"To our astonishment, we got amazing results in only 2 weeks!!! We are so happy that we tried your product and amazed with the results. It is unbelievable that the plastic surgeon was not aware of your product and recommended a special prosthetic and surgery that would cost thousands of dollars. Thank you so much Earbuddies!! You saved my baby from some future insecurities and saved us thousand of dollars in plastic surgery. Thanks again!!!”
Proud father Leopoldo
EarBuddies have been commercially available for over 20 years, and parents of new babies should be made aware that neonatal splintage exists and is very effective.
"It is vital that neonatal paediatricians, obstetricians, general practitioners, and midwives are educated about early detection [of ear deformity] and how to initiate treatment themselves."
Lindford, Hettiaratchy, Schonauer. British Medical Journal Feb 2007
...for failure to fit - given that information about neonatal splintage is widely available, parents are becoming increasingly litigious when they are badly advised by uninformed medical practitioners and consequently miss the opportunity to correct their child's ears without surgery.
"...I am very upset that B.... was born at the ...... Hospital and ...... should have been corrected when he was first born."
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