EarBuddies™ Basic Kit
The Basic Kit contains enough adhesive tape to ensure that both ears can be corrected in a newborn (less than 1 month old), but if your baby is older, you will need to order the Premium Pack or purchase additional Adhesive Tapes.
What's in the Basic Kit:
- Two EarBuddies Splints
- One Pouch of Wide Tape
- One Pouch of Narrow Tape
- Your Choice of EarBuddies 100% Cotton Headwear
- Fitting Instructions
To ease the process at every step, we would recommend the Premium Pack, which includes the Basic Kit plus all you need to ensure the best possible result, especially if your baby is older than 1 month.
EarBuddies™ Premium Pack
Ease the process at every step, with all the tools at your disposal to ensure the best possible result.
What's in the Premium Pack:
- One EarBuddies™ Basic Kit
- 20 Appeel® Adhesive Remover Wipes for easy tape changes
- 3M Cavilon™ Barrier Film Spray to protect skin
- Our Custom Ergonomic EarBuddies Shaver by Wahl™, (alkaline battery, brush and shaver oil included), is designed to gently remove the fine hair above the ear
- Extra Tape so that you're prepared for every tape change
- 4 Pouches of SuperWide Adhesive Tapes
- 3 Pouches of Wide Adhesive Tapes
- 2 Pouches of Narrow Adhesive Tapes
- EarBuddies™ 'My First Haircut' Keepsake Envelope
- Fitting Instructions
Please note that a longer period of splintage may require extra Adhesive Tape and Adhesive Remover in addition to the Premium Pack. The quantity of supplies required varies in each individual case based on type of ear problem, the properties of your baby's skin, your ability to keep the tapes dry, rate of progress, etc. As a rough guide, most parents use 1 or 2 additional packs of SuperWide Tape (each containing two pouches of tape) per month of splinting (assuming both ears are splinted).
Headwear that you’re happy with is more important than you might think. Our data shows that since the introduction of EarBuddies headwear, parents persevere with splintage for twice as long, with some fantastic results. In the next tab you'll find our guide on how to measure head-size, ensuring you get the best fit for your baby.
Made from 100% Cotton:
- Our Baby Hats are made of light cotton and would suit a mild climate. These are our smallest size, and are ideal for newborns.
- Baby Beanies are thicker & larger than the hats and would be great for cold weather or chilly evenings. They can be made to stretch further by unfolding the rim of the beanie.
- Baby Bandanas are made of lightweight cotton, so a good option for warm weather. They can be adjusted using the ties at the back.
It is important to match the headwear to the climate and season for your baby’s comfort. It must fit properly (a good fit can support the correction, but a tight fit is uncomfortable and unnecessary).
Splintage can be a sensitive time, and while we hope that it will soon become as accepted as braces on teeth, we understand that a cool cover-up can help you to stay the course. If you would like to purchase additional headwear for a range of weather and seasonal conditions, please click here.
What is my baby’s head size?
Use a tape measure, or some string and a ruler, to measure around your baby’s head – it is best to measure along the hairline as this is where the headwear sits. Alternatively, use the chart below to estimate your baby’s head size based on age and gender.
Will I need more than the two splints in the Basic Kit or Premium Pack?
The two splints in your Basic Kit or Premium Pack will serve for the full period of corrective splintage.
Can’t I just tape the ears back without EarBuddies splints?
No - merely taping an ear back without the splint in place is not effective, and can cause kinking, flattening or notching of the rim of the ear, which may not become noticeable until later in life. EarBuddies splints work by resetting the tendency of the cartilage to push the ear out from the side of the head. The pressure of the splint in the scaphal hollow actually reforms the antihelix (antihelical fold), which is usually missing or abnormal in prominent or misshapen ears.
What are the benefits of fitting EarBuddies?
The Benefits of Fitting EarBuddies:
- avoids the need for expensive surgery
- avoids risks and complications of surgery
- avoids pre-surgery teasing
- permanent, life-long correction
- avoids the psychological impact of stick-out ears
- corrects the problem before child is aware of it
- no need for time off school or work later in life
- negligible complication rate
- choice of an expert fitting service or fit at home
What is Cavilon No Sting Barrier Film?
- Cavilon is a quick-drying, breathable, transparent and alcohol-free liquid film
- Forms a long-lasting waterproof barrier which protects the skin against irritation caused by friction or moisture around the splint or behind the ear
- Included in the Premium Pack
- Cavilon will not sting when applied to broken skin
- With 140 squirts per 28ml bottle, a little goes a long way
- Allow the product to dry completely (approximately 30 seconds) before applying tapes on top
Do I need it?
We recommend Cavilon if:
- Your baby has sensitive skin
- You live in a humid country
- Your baby is older than one month (older babies sweat more than newborns)
- You are having difficulty keeping the tapes dry (splashing in the bath / possetting etc)
What is the difference between Cavilon and Medihoney?
Cavilon Barrier Film is used to prevent skin inflammation beneath the EarBuddies splint, behind the ear and beneath the adhesive tapes. The adhesive tapes can be applied on top of this film, once it has dried.
Medihoney is a barrier cream which helps to maintain the skin's barrier properties. It is specially formulated with a range of natural ingredients and is used to soothe and settle at-risk or irritated skin. The adhesive tapes cannot be applied on top of Medihoney cream.
General Directions for use with EarBuddies
- Skin should be clean and dry prior to application of Cavilon No Sting Barrier Film.
- Hold spray nozzle 10-15 centimetres from skin and apply a smooth, uniform coating of film over the entire area that will be in contact with the EarBuddies splints and adhesive tapes.
- If an area is missed, reapply to that area only after first application of Cavilon No Sting Barrier Film has dried (approximately 30 seconds).
- If Cavilon No Sting Barrier Film is applied to the area with skin folds or other skin-to-skin contact, make sure that skin-contact areas are separated to allow the film to thoroughly dry before returning to the normal position.
- When used under adhesive tapes or EarBuddies splints, allow Cavilon No Sting Barrier Film to thoroughly dry before applying adhesive tapes. Reapplication of Cavilon No Sting Barrier Film is necessary each time the adhesive tapes are changed as the barrier film is removed by the adhesive.
- If you wish to remove the barrier film, you can use a medical adhesive remover (such as Appeel). Once the area is clean and dry, you may then reapply Cavilon No Sting Barrier Film.
- Replace cap over spray nozzle when not in use to prevent accidental dispensing.
Indications for Use
Cavilon No Sting Barrier Film is a liquid intended for use as a film-forming product, that upon application to intact or damaged skin forms a long-lasting waterproof barrier, which acts as a protective interface between the skin and bodily wastes, fluids, adhesive products, friction and shear. It is intended as a primary barrier against irritation from body fluids. The product may be used on adults, children, and infants over one month of age. Cavilon No Sting Barrier Film is NOT to be used on infected areas of the skin.
- DANGER! EXTREMELY FLAMMABLE!
- Cavilon No Sting Barrier Film is extremely flammable until it has completely dried on the skin.
- Cavilon No Sting Barrier Film should only be applied when no ignition sources or heat-producing devices are in use.
- Avoid using around flames.
- Use in a well-ventilated area.
- The spray bottle is intended for single patient use.
- Keep out of the reach of children.
- Store at room temperature.
- Avoid contact with the eye.
- Use of other barrier products, ointments, creams or lotions may significantly reduce its effectiveness.
- Should redness or other signs of irritation persist, even after application of Medihoney, consult a physician.
Ingredients: Hexamethyldisiloxane, isooctane, acrylate terpolymer, polyphenylmethylsiloxane
Appeel® No-Sting Adhesive Remover Wipes
- 20 No-Sting Medical Adhesive Remover Wipes included in the Premium Pack.
- Alcohol-free for sensitive skin.
- Sterile - can be used on both intact and broken skin.
- No preservatives, fragrances or latex.
- 100% Healthcare Grade Silicone formulation, which acts as a moisturiser.
- Developed for epidermolysis bullosa care (a condition in which the skin is extremely sensitive), and is ideally suited for babies with sensitive skin.
- Tear sachet to open and fold the wipe into a long rectangle.
- One section at a time, hold the Appeel wipe firmly on top of the adhesive tapes to be removed; it doesn't matter if the wipe directly touches the skin, as Appeel is formulated for the most sensitive skin.
- Allow the adhesive remover to soak in for 30-60 seconds.
- Gently lift off the tapes without pulling at the skin.
- Use the wipe to remove any remaining adhesive residue.
- Appeel rapidly evaporates from the skin surface. Once dry, it will not affect the adhesion of the fresh tapes.
Appeel is made with a specially formulated blend of healthcare grade silicones.
EarBuddies Shaver by Wahl™
- Included in the Premium Pack
- Alkaline battery, brush and shaver oil included
- Ergonomic, rubberised design
- Designed to gently remove the fine hair around the ear
- 3 Year Guarantee
Why do I need a Baby Hair Shaver?
Even fine hairs trapped under the tapes will prevent them from sticking correctly, and will prickle and cause irritation, thereby attracting your baby’s fingers to their ears. This can cause your baby to pull at the tapes, so shaving the hair where the tapes stick is one of the most important recommendations.
Using with EarBuddies
- It is best practice to shave the hair, no matter how fine, in the area where the tapes will stick for a firm and trouble-free fix. This is especially important for babies older than one month, who have more hair than newborns.
- Don’t worry about shaving a baby’s hair – in some countries this is done routinely, often several times before the age of one year. Shaving a small amount around the ears will do no harm.
- Babies have delicate skin, so be gentle, and shave at a 30° angle.
- See the photos below for guidance on how much hair to shave. Parents splinting to correct less common conditions such as Cryptotia, Stick-Out Lobe and Conchal Crus may be able to get away with shaving less hair (see the fitting pictures for the specific conditions in Steps 5 & 6 of the fitting guide).
Please read all instructions carefully to familiarise yourself with your new Wahl trimmer before use. You can print the instructions for further reference.