Prominent earplugs in babies are actually an ear deformity and a common condition in our society. If not treated early, prominent earplugs can cause psychological and mental problems in children.
So, how is the prominent ear corrected in babies? Does the prominent ear band work in babies and when can the surgery be done? We explained the curious ones in our article!
What causes prominent ears?
Aesthetic and Plastic Surgeon Op. Dr. İlker Manavbaşı says that the shaping of the auricle is completed while still in the womb. Prominent ear syndrome;
- Insufficiency in the auricle fold,
- Overdeveloped ear cartilage
- A severe blow to the ear area or damage to the cartilage in some way,
- There may be reasons such as genetic factors.
How to prevent prominent ears in babies?
Ear Nose and Throat Specialist Assist. Assoc. says that precautions should be taken in the newborn period so that babies’ ears do not become scooped out. When is the prominent ear detected in babies , let’s say that too. Prominent ear syndrome can be detected in a newborn baby at birth. Due to the fact that the ear cartilage is extremely soft thanks to the estrogen hormone passed from the mother, it can be healed with bandage and wrapping methods in the first 3 months. Therefore, it is very important to be conscious and act early on this issue.
Does the prominent ear in babies get better as they grow?
If the baby uses the prominent ear band in the first 3 months after birth, this situation can be prevented. However, if no intervention is made in the early period when ear development continues until the age of 4-5 in children, it is necessary to treat the prominent ear syndrome with surgery.
How to fix prominent ears in babies?
Otorhinolaryngology Specialist Prof. Dr. Sertaç Yetişer says that ear deformity can be eliminated with otoplasty, that is, ear aesthetics. The aim of otoplasty is to obtain a natural-looking auricle. During the operation, a new auricle appearance is created with a special suture technique.
What is the ideal age for auricular surgery in children?
Aesthetic and Plastic Surgeonsays that since the development of the ears is completed at the age of 4-5, it is okay for children to have surgery at the age of 6 years. The earliest treatment is possible around the age of 5 years.
Where are the prominent ear bands for babies sold?
Prominent ear bands can be used for newborns and babies aged 3 years. These bands help the ear to return to its normal anatomy. However, it is important to consult your doctor before you start using it. If your doctor approves, you can obtain these tapes from medical and pharmacies.
How is prominent ear treatment done in babies?
This operation, which can be performed under local or general anesthesia, is a non-severe surgical procedure that takes approximately 45-90 minutes depending on the level of the problem in the ear. Depending on the ear structure, the technique and preference of the surgeon, the operation can be performed on the anterior or posterior part of the ear. With the aesthetic operation, the ear cartilages are shaped as they should be and the ear is positioned backwards.
Special bands are worn for 1-2 weeks at the end of prominent ear surgery. The incisions applied during the surgery generally remain behind the ear and no traces that may cause aesthetic problems are formed. Since there is no condition that affects hearing during or after the healing process, the child can easily continue his normal life.