Ear tag

Definition

An ear tag is a small skin tag or pit in front of the outside part of the ear.

Considerations

Skin tags and pits just in front of the opening of the ear are common in newborn infants.

In most cases, these are normal. However, they can be associated with other medical conditions. It is important to point out skin tags or pits to your child's health care provider during the routine well-child exam.

Causes

Some causes of an ear tag or pit are:

When to Contact a Medical Professional

Your provider will most often find the skin tag during your first well-baby visit. However, call your provider if your child has bleeding, swelling, or discharge at the site.

What to Expect at Your Office Visit

Your provider will get a medical history and will do a physical exam.

Medical history questions about this condition might include:

Physical exam:

Your baby will be examined for other signs of disorders that are sometimes associated with ear tags or pits. A hearing test may be done if the child did not have the usual newborn screening test.


Review Date: 4/24/2017
Reviewed By: Liora C Adler, MD, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Hollywood, FL. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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