Molding Babies' Ears

Now that you've read YOU: Having a Baby, here's what to do if your child is born with ears that stick out. Kids love to tease other kids with big ears, calling them affectionate names like “Dumbo.” These cruel remarks leave emotional scars for life. Surgery can correct those ears but shouldn’t be done until the child is 6 years old, when the ear has pretty much stopped growing and when the procedure can be done under local anesthesia.

Now that you've read YOU: Having a Baby, here's what to do if your child is born with ears that stick out. Kids love to tease other kids with big ears, calling them affectionate names like “Dumbo.” These cruel remarks leave emotional scars for life. Surgery can correct those ears but shouldn’t be done until the child is 6 years old, when the ear has pretty much stopped growing and when the procedure can be done under local anesthesia. 

Ears that stick out are usually not too big. The problem is that the plastic-like cartilage is not folded properly. But did you know that you can actually mold your kid’s ears – just like you can for floppy German shepherd’s ears? Creative plastic surgeons know just how to tape the ears properly, and if this is done before your child is 3 months old, you might just correct the problem without surgery. You have nothing to lose by trying, except an operation.


To avoid years of torment and to eliminate surgery, you have to recognize and treat this problem in the first few weeks of life. But don't do it without a plastic surgeon's guidance – otherwise you might create a worse problem.

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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