Ear Deformity Correction in Newborn Babies
Ear deformities can occur in 1 in 4 newborn babies. Our pediatricians offer a non-surgical ear deformity correction system for newborns, the EarWell® Correction System, thus avoiding possible cosmetic surgical correction when your child is older.
“10 fingers, 10 toes, heart sounds great, and he is breathing normally.” This statement pretty much sums up the words that a parent wants to hear when their pediatrician walks into the room shortly after the birth of their child. No matter how normal the pregnancy and delivery, all parents wait with bated breath before the pediatrician informs them of their child’s health. Fortunately, the vast majority of children are born healthy without any abnormality, but sometimes abnormalities are present, and thanks to modern technology, we can often correct them.
Mild Ear Deformities in Children
One such abnormality for which we have not previously had an easy solution is the abnormal shape of a child’s ears. According to a study published by Baylor University Medical Center, 15–29% of children are born with an ear deformity. Previously, the only option available to correct these cosmetic deformities was surgical correction at 5 or 6 years of age. Fortunately, we now have a non-invasive option for the correction of ear abnormalities, the EarWell Correction System produced by Becon Medical.
EarWell® Correction System
The EarWell® System consists of plastic molds that are applied to a child’s ear to gently reshape the ear into a normal, aesthetically pleasing appearance. Dr. Steve Byrd, a Dallas-based plastic surgeon with extensive experience in surgical ear reconstruction, designed the molds and perfected the device in his Dallas office. The EarWell System was so successful, in January 2010 Becon Medical began making the molds available to pediatricians across the country.
Our pediatricians were the first in the nation to use EarWell® and were
trained by the inventor Dr. Steve Byrd.
Forest Lane Pediatrics is proud to be one of the first pediatric practices in the nation to offer this procedure and honored to have been trained by Dr. Steve Byrd, the inventor of the EarWell Correction System.
Molds Applied at Birth
For those children with ear deformities amenable to correction with the EarWell Correction System, results are best when the molds are applied to the ear as soon as possible after birth, ideally within the first week and up to 2 weeks old. Each mold stays in place with an adhesive that lasts roughly 2 weeks, and most children will require 3 molds totaling 6 weeks of treatment so that by the time the child is 2 months old, the ear deformities should be corrected with no further molds needed.
Psychological Benefits for Your Child
Thanks to the EarWell System, we now have the ability to correct cosmetic ear deformities without surgery and without children having to endure years of teasing before a surgical correction can be achieved. Even better still is that almost all insurance companies cover the procedure, thereby allowing families to correct their child’s ear abnormality with minimal financial burden.
EarWell® Treatment at Forest Lane Pediatrics
If you are interested in learning more, please visit Becon Medical’s EarWell Correction System website. If you would like to speak with one of our doctors about the procedure, feel free to call our office and schedule a consultation with Dr. Mitchell or Dr. Clarke.
EarWell® Correction System:
- Non-surgical correction of cosmetic ear abnormalities
- Must be done in the first 2 weeks of life (ideally in the first week of life)
- Covered by most insurances
- Ear deformity corrected by 2 months of life