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. EarBuddies™ 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.
At least 5% of people have abnormally shaped or Stick-Out ears. Stick-Out ears are the most common ear deformity, and around 2% of babies develop Stick-Out ears in the first 6 months of life.
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.