Bringing up a child with Microtia

Baby Bella asleep

This section contains information about helping and supporting children who have microtia. However, the information and advice is relevant to all children who look different.

Society places a lot of emphasis on physical appearance. While it is quite normal for us to notice things that are different about others, if your child has a visible difference which makes them stand out from the crowd, you may have understandable concerns about how they will cope. And as a parent, you may be upset if people comment on your child’s appearance, or are even rude about it. Some children may also have related medical complications that can add extra worries and demands.

You will meet various challenges as your child gets older, and at times you may be unsure about what to do. This information aims to help you, and is based on things that other people whose children have Microtia have found useful.

Follow the links below to specific information relating to the different stages in your child’s life

After Your Baby’s Birth

Coping with Other’s Reactions

Pre-school Years

Early School Years

Primary School Years and the Transition to High School

Adolescent Years

What About Brothers & Sisters?

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The information in this section is based on the factsheet compiled by: Kristina Soon, Clinical Psychologist, Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital & Kathryn Ross, Clinical Specialist, Changing Faces, with the Patient Information Group.  Ref: F010115 (c) GOSH Trust 2002 and has been used with their permission.