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Dr. Scott Keith
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Low Set Ears (Overview)

Low set ears are usually rotated posteriorly. The term 'low set ears' describes a condition where the upper part if the tragus falls below an imaginary line that runs from the medial to the lateral canthus that is continued laterally around the head to reach each ear. This condition has been used to identify increased risk of other major and minor congenital anomalies


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Are low set ears hereditary?

Are low set ears hereditary?

Low set ears: Low set ears may be hereditary, but may be a sign of a congenital anomaly or syndrome. For example, down's syndrome or an anomaly of the kidneys. Check it out. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Keith
5 Doctors shared insights

Low Set Ears (Overview)

Low set ears are usually rotated posteriorly. The term 'low set ears' describes a condition where the upper part if the tragus falls below an imaginary line that runs from the medial to the lateral canthus that is continued laterally around the head to reach each ear. This condition has been used to identify increased risk of other major and minor congenital anomalies


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Friend has child with face deformity, cleft lip and low set ears. What could it be?

Friend has child with face deformity, cleft lip and low set ears. What could it be?

Ask pediatrician...: If they are not sure, consider referral to a geneticist. Make sure the child had all his routine neonatal testing including bloodwork and a hearing screen. It is very hard to diagnose the child without a thorough examination, but it is certainly worth looking into. ...Read more

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Treating Swimmer's Ear (Checklist)

Keep water out of ears (use earplugs or a shower cap when showering)
Daily
Use eardrops as directed
Daily
Use acetaminophen or warm compresses to minimize pain
3x day
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Are low set ears hereditary?

Low set ears: Low set ears may be hereditary, but may be a sign of a congenital anomaly or syndrome. For example, down's syndrome or an anomaly of the kidneys. Check it out. ...Read more

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Can you correct low-set ears surgically?

Can you correct low-set ears surgically?

Yes: Of course, any physical feature can be altered at a later time with a referral to a cosmetic surgeon. Whether you can get the outcome desired or if the skull is formed a certain way may decide how much correction can be made. However, nobody will do such a surgery on a child, this is mainly an adult decision. Much really depends on how low set, and whether they are really causing issues for you. ...Read more

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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask your doctor about TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint), as it could cause ear pain
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Look for ear pain or ear drainage, as they are both signs of infection
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See a doctor if you think you have an ear infection
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Are low set ears a telltale sign of downs syndrome?

Are low set ears a telltale sign of downs syndrome?

No: Relatively low ear placement is not limited to Down syndrome patients and not all ds individuals demonstrate the anomaly. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Low set ears?

What is the definition or description of: Low set ears?

Low set ears: Low set ears are usually rotated posteriorly. The term 'low set ears' describes a condition where the upper part if the tragus falls below an imaginary line that runs from the medial to the lateral canthus that is continued laterally around the head to reach each ear. This condition has been used to identify increased risk of other major and minor congenital anomalies ...Read more

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Managing Low Blood Sugar (Checklist)

Avoid skipping meals
Once
Eat protein-rich snacks every 2 hours
Daily
Keep fruit with you at all times if you feel hypoglycemic
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Child with Down syndrome has epicathal folds, thick tongue and low set ears. What else could be wrong?

Child with Down syndrome has epicathal folds, thick tongue and low set ears. What else could be wrong?

Chromosomal disorder: Even if a child as Down syndrome, they may also develop other conditions such as hypothyroidism. Speak to your pediatricuan. ...Read more

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Friend has child with face deformity, cleft lip and low set ears. What could it be?

Ask pediatrician...: If they are not sure, consider referral to a geneticist. Make sure the child had all his routine neonatal testing including bloodwork and a hearing screen. It is very hard to diagnose the child without a thorough examination, but it is certainly worth looking into. ...Read more

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Eating a Low-Fat Diet (Checklist)

Avoid fried foods
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Read all food labels
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Avoid foods with visible fat
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Do not eat the skin when eating poultry
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A friend was born with cleft lip and low set ears. What could it be?

A friend was born with cleft lip and low set ears. What could it be?

Unclear: There are a number of genetic disorders that can display these two findings simultaneously. It is difficult to say without genetic testing. ...Read more

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Managing Low Testosterone (Checklist)

Have your testosterone checked each morning
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Discuss the risks and benefits of testosterone replacements with your doctor
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Take a testosterone replacement as instructed
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Is it true that you can tell what baby's future skin color will be by cuticles/ear color? When does skin color normally set in?

Is it true that you can tell what baby's future skin color will be by cuticles/ear color? When does skin color normally set in?

Pigmentation: The degree of pigmentation in a baby is governed by its genetics. Melanin production in the skin (the process that determines pigmentation) is driven by exposure to ultraviolet light. So it takes a while for the skin tone to develop completely. Usually 12-24 months. ...Read more

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Treating Low Potassium (Checklist)

Consume magnesium rich foods, or ask your doctor about taking magnesium supplements
daily
Consume potassium rich foods, or ask your doctor about taking a potassium supplement
daily
Limit alcohol intake to no more than 1 ounce per day
daily
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Does sleep training really exist? Is it achievable at 7 weeks? I try to set routines but they don't normally work and I'm playing things by ear.

Does sleep training really exist? Is it achievable at 7 weeks? I try to set routines but they don't normally work and I'm playing things by ear.

Sleep diary: The routine is important foreffective sleep hygiene. Try early to bed, early to rise PLUS, white sounds, aromatherpay, massage therapy, no TV for 2 hours before bedtime and meditation/relaxation. ...Read more

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I have had 11 sets of ear tubes since age 6. Is there another solution rather than getting more? The set I've had in for 3 months just came out.

I have had 11 sets of ear tubes since age 6. Is there another solution rather than getting more? The set I've had in for 3 months just came out.

ETD: It sounds like you are having trouble with eustachian tube dysfunction (ETD). This can precipitate recurrent ear infections. Sometimes, the root cause needs to be treated more effectively. Allergies can precipitate this problem and subsequent infections. You might consider having allergy testing done and better allergy Rx. There are also some newer procedures to surgically open the ET. See an ENT. ...Read more

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Eating a Low-Sodium Diet (Checklist)

Speak with a clinical nutritionist
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Have been having pain behind my right ear (where the bow of eyeglasses set). I have also had surgery on that ear as well.

Have been having pain behind my right ear (where the bow of eyeglasses set). I have also had surgery on that ear as well.

For how long?: How bad is the pain? What was the surgery for? Is any of the skin red? Do your glasses need to be adjusted? It may be a simple answer but maybe they're just too tight. ...Read more

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Tingling in left side of face and shoulder on some occasions when I set in some chairs similar to my cheeks left ear lobe going to sleep?

Tingling in left side of face and shoulder on some occasions when I set in some chairs similar to my cheeks left ear lobe going to sleep?

See your doctor: This is never normal. See your doctor. He/she will listen to you, perform an examination, and possibly order tests to find out what's wrong. ...Read more

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Eating a Low-Carb Diet (Checklist)

Read labels. Fiber, while a carb, is not digested
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Eat your vegetables!
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Try some of the many low-carb recipes online
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Substitute a low-carb, high-fiber tortilla wrap for sandwiches
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Have bites all over head really dry flaky itchy, hair brittle, when ui wash it it sets something off or whatever falls off I get really itchy, ears, ?

Have bites all over head really dry flaky itchy, hair brittle, when ui wash it it sets something off or whatever falls off I get really itchy, ears, ?

SeborrheicDermatitis: 45 year old female has 'bites' all over head really dry flaky itchy, hair brittle, . .. really itchy, ears? Most likely Seborrheic Dermatitis quite common in oily areas of Body: Scalp, Ears, Eyebrows, & face. Chest & Back also. Dandruff shampoos help plus many OTC lotions, creams & ointments. The Dermatologist is very familiar with these. If it not relieved see Dermatologist. ...Read more

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Managing Low Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Drink plenty of water
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Have your medications adjusted if needed
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Look for symptoms of lightheadedness and fatigue
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My 3 year old is on her 2nd set of pe tubes (t&a removed).Left tube is in the ear canal & is infectioned. Is it recommended/safe to replace this tube?

My 3 year old is on her 2nd set of pe tubes (t&a removed).Left tube is in the ear canal & is infectioned. Is it recommended/safe to replace this tube?

Ear tubes: If the tube has come out and infections return, it is reasonable to replace the tube. Consider adenoidectomy if it hasn't been done yet. Don't worry, your child will most likely grow out of this. ...Read more