Childhood Diseases

Posted by: kato | 2009-12-15


Ear correction for toddler

Hi doc,

My 19-month old daughter has so-called ' bat ears'  - they stick out on the top of the ear. I have read up on the Internet about options for correcting this overseas, and there seems to be a procedure where they ' splint'  the ears with a special tape for a number of weeks so that they correct themselves and therefore avoiding surgery.

What are the options available in South Africa? I am hoping that we can do something similar to the splinting to avoid having to surgically correct her hears later on.

Expert's Reply



You do not any special tape.You can use short strips of Micropore tape which you cut off.Apply this tape at night for several months. Ask your pharmacist about the micropore tape.This may not work as it is best to start in infancy. If surgical correction is required this is a very simple and successful operation.

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