There’s no doubt that babies look 10x cuter when they have those shiny earrings pierced in their tiny ears. Although cute, parents should also take into consideration different factors, and weigh the pros and cons.
The most commonly asked questions of every parent who wants to have their kids’ ears pierced are:
What is the right age to pierce a child’s ear?
Asking the right age is a subjective question. The age depends on you’re asking. For most cultures, babies with pierced ears are totally normal, for some, it is considered a taboo. Generally, parents are advised not to have their baby’s ears pierced in the first few months of life due to a high risk of getting an infection. The baby’s immune system is still developing and might not have the strength to fight infection.
Who should pierce a child’s ear?
Kids ear piercing should always be done by a professional. They should always be wearing proper gloves, and they should only be using clean and sterile tools.
Which type of earring is preferred for children and babies?
Earrings made out of surgical stainless steel contains no alloys that can cause allergies which makes them the best option for babies. Children’s ear piercing studs are available in platinum, titanium, and 14-carat gold.
What are the signs of infection after ear piercing?
- Redness in the infected area
- Allergic reaction
- Pus may form
Treatment for infected ears due to piercings:
- Change of earrings to which best suits the baby’s skin type
- The earrings must be removed and cleaned
- Antibiotics can be prescribed by doctors to fight off bacteria
Ear Piercing for Babies Without Pain
Ear piercing is inherently painful due to the absence of anesthesia but there are ways to lessen the pain during the procedure. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, there are still risks in piercing the child’s ear at any age despite it being done carefully. They recommend waiting for the child to grow up and let them have the choice. It is highly recommended for the procedure to be done with your pediatrician’s supervision or let the procedure be done by a healthcare provider. But if you choose to do it at home, you can rub an ice cube on your child’s ear lobe to make it numb and to help in lessening the pain. Skin numbing gels and creams may be used but it will not take the pain completely, but the pain will be decreased significantly.
Post-Piercing Care You Should Follow
After the piercing, the area is quite sensitive and exposed. Therefore, extra care and hygiene need to be adhered to while attending to it. Ensure that your child keeps his hands clean and dry before touching the ear in any case. If your baby is quite young, do keep his hands clean at all times since it might be difficult to control him from touching the ears.
Even though the area is sensitive, it needs to be cleaned regularly. Make use of a saltwater solution and sponge the area lightly two times in a day, once your child has taken his bath.
Families tend to recommend moving the earrings so as to keep the hole in proper shape. However, it is advised to not play around with the piercing until the wound has properly healed. Do not remove any dry skin that forms over the wound.
If you want to have your child’s ears pierced, contact us at our Fresno or Madera offices. We have a selection of earrings to choose from. We use topical anesthesia and we our earrings are sterile and sealed.