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 for your child and you is likely to be your child’s appearance, which can affect his self-esteem and body image.

Treatment for bat ears

If you notice that your child has ears that stick out when she’s a newborn, her ears can be taped for several weeks. This can help them grow into the correct position. This treatment is usually recommended before six months of age.

If your child is aged over five years, simple surgery can improve the way his protruding ears look.

A paediatric plastic surgeon normally does this surgery under general anaesthetic. There are different types of surgeries available.

For more information about your options, talk with your GP.