As a parent, you want the best for your kids. You want them to have the best education, the happiest life, and live every day with a smile. When it comes to their appearance, however, it can seem like you’re toting a fine line because you don’t want to make your child worry about their look. After all, looks aren’t everything. However, if your child has ears that protrude a bit far away from their head, their self-esteem can suffer, and they may even get made fun of while at school. Luckily, with a surgical procedure called an “otoplasty,” you can have your child’s ears pinned back, so they are more discrete. To ensure that their recovery goes smoothly, we have created an article on a few tips. Read on to learn more.
Wear Head Band All Day Long
Depending on the age of your child who is getting an otoplasty, this step may be more difficult. However, it’s very important. After your child’s initial head dressings have been removed after surgery, they will be required to wear a headband over their ears 24 hours a day for one to two weeks. If you have a particularly young child, they may pull at the headband and rip it off, contact Dr. Kenneth Dembny’s office for solutions on how to get your child to keep the headband in place.
Wash Behind the Ears
Incisions for an otoplasty are typically made behind the ears so that they aren’t visible. To make sure that the incisions are kept clean, make sure that your child is washing behind their ears once a day. To wash behind the ears, use a gentle liquid soap and lukewarm water. Apply a gentle amount of pressure and try not to scrub.
Avoid Strenuous Activities
If your child plays a sport or participates in any strenuous activities, they will be required to avoid them for about 1-2 weeks after the surgery. By giving your child’s body a rest, they will be able to heal at a faster rate.
Recovering from otoplasty can be hard when the patient is a child. However, by following the three tips listed above, your child will be able to recover quicker. To learn more about an otoplasty or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Kenneth Dembny today.