About bat ears
When a child has ears that stick out, they’re called bat ears or protruding ears.
Bat ears don’t usually affect your child’s hearing. The main issue is likely to be your child’s appearance, which might affect your child’s self-esteem and body image.
Treatment for bat ears
If you notice that your newborn has ears that stick out, or your child is older and is bothered or embarrassed because they have ears that stick out, talk with your GP or child and family health nurse. Your child might be referred to a paediatric plastic surgeon.
If your baby is under the age of six months, special ear moulds might be recommended. These moulds are used for several weeks and help the ears grow into the correct position.
If your child is older, they can have simple surgery to improve the way their ears look.
A paediatric plastic surgeon normally does this surgery under general anaesthetic. There are different types of surgeries available.