When your ears look a little different or hurt, ring, or itch, It could be a sign of a disease, illness or something you might not know about.
Watch your ears closely if you see any thing strange or any abnormality even in your child, see your doctor immediately.
The following are signs are to be watched out for:
1. Earlobe crease: It is also called "Frank's sign" (after the doctor who first noticed it), a diagonal crease in your lobe may be a sign of heart disease.
Scientists don't know exactly what causes the crease, and not everyone who has it will have heart disease. If you notice you have one, talk to your doctor about it.
2. Pits and folds: Babies can be born with conditions that affect how they develop. One of these is pits and folds. It causes creases or small holes around the ear.
The baby also may be bigger than usual and have a large tongue and low blood sugar. The syndrome doesn't cause major health problems for most people who have it.
But as the child grows, one side of his body may be larger than the other, and he can be more likely to get certain tumors.
3. Low set of ears: Two of the more common conditions linked to this are Down and Turner syndromes. Problems with a chromosome cause both.
People with Down syndrome also have other physical differences and development issues. Turner syndrome can cause problems with how the head and the neck form, and issues with growth and puberty.
4. Missing External Ear: This can be a sign of anotia : a condition you're born with. Doctors aren't sure what causes it, but things in the environment and taking certain medications during pregnancy may play a part. It can happen by itself or along with another genetic condition. In most cases, doctors can form an outside ear with plastic surgery.
5. Unusual Ear Shape: Even if it's just a "skin tag" on the ear, it could be a sign of a problem with the way your kidneys work.
That's because a baby's kidneys develop at the same time as the ears. If your doctor notices it on your newborn, she may want to test your baby's kidneys or do an ultrasound to get a closer look.
6. Ear ache: This can be a sign of an ear infection, throat infection, a buildup of earwax or fluid and an abscessed tooth, See your doctor if you or your child has an earache that doesn't get better in a day or so, or comes with fever, vomiting, throat pain, discharge from the ear, or swelling around it.
You also should call the pediatrician if your child is younger than 6 months and you think he/she might have an earache.
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