Neonatal ear moulding

A simple treatment is available to correct the misshapen ears of newborns and the critical time period for its use is within the first three weeks of life.

Neonatal ear moulding has been used to correct minor deformities of the ear for many years.

Neonatal ears

However, due to the lack of awareness of the technique, patients are generally not referred for specialist treatment until it is too late.

Psychosocial aspects
Despite having almost no impact on hearing, abnormalities in ear shape and size are a common source of teasing and bullying, loss of self-esteem and significant psychosocial distress.

Studies in the UK National Health Service (NHS) in 1992 and 2005