Posted by Dr. Shareef Jandali
Newborn ear deformities are more common than most parents believe. Up to 30% of babies can be born with ear deformities. The vast majority of these do not correct naturally over time. If these are not corrected non-surgically within the first few weeks after birth, they can only be corrected with a surgical procedure when the child is older. Infant ear molding is a safe, non-surgical in-office procedure that can be performed on newborns to correct ear deformities or prominent ears.
Maternal hormones that are circulating in the baby’s blood for the first 3 weeks after birth keep the cartilage in the ears soft and malleable. This allows ear molding to be performed if initiated within the first 3 weeks of life. Dr. Shareef Jandali trained at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and performs infant ear molding with the EarWell™ Infant Ear Correction System. This device is a soft mold that is placed on the newborn’s ear and helps conform the soft cartilage back into a normal shape.
Photos courtesy of Becon Medical
Infant ear molding is almost always approved by insurance since it is considered a congenital defect. The procedure is performed in our office at the first visit – there is no need for a consultation before the procedure. Our office will request photos and insurance information before the visit, so that the procedure can be approved ahead of time and planned to avoid any delay.
Visit our website dedicated to infant ear molding for more information and photos: www.InfantEarMolding.org
If you have a newborn with an ear deformity or prominent ears, ear molding can be performed by Board Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Shareef Jandali at his Fairfield County, Connecticut office. Call 203-374-0310 to set up an appointment. We look forward to caring for your baby.