Prominent ears, or unusually shaped ears, may be noticed by parents in their newborn babies. During the first few weeks of life, the ear cartilage is very delicate, and it is often possible to use moulding techniques to generate or modify the folds in the ear cartilage, and so correct the prominence or abnormal shape of the ears.
Ear moulding may prevent the need for surgical correction when older. The technique involves the use of simple soft rubberised wire and sticky tapes, and is not painful for the baby. Usually the moulding is performed over a period of a few weeks.
Often moulding is very successful, and is more likely to be so when started shortly after birth. In some babies only a little or no improvement is achieved. Often less improvement is seen when the treatment is started after the baby’s first week, although there is little harm in trying.