Ear Piercing for Children: 8 Effective Tips Before, During, and, After!

If you insist on having your child’s ears pierced, experts advise doing so in early childhood rather than infancy to avoid the possibility of keloids.

Hello to all my pregnant Mamas out there! I hope you are all doing just great. And for you supportive dads -to-be continue to do a great job in taking care of your pregnant girl. We are talking today about ear piercing for children .

I know I preferred to get my girls ears pierced when they were a few weeks out of hospital. When to pierce your baby’s ears is a personal decision. Some Mamas prefer to wait until their little star is older while others do it a few days after birth.

Ear piercing as we know is very popular today. I always felt that the longer I waited, the more pain my baby would feel. Moreover, there are cultural implications of having pierced ears as early as childhood, which may make weighing the benefits and drawbacks difficult.

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I am going to answer some of your burning questions about ear piercing. Lets begin:

1. Is there a time factor as to when a child’s ears should be pierced?

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) does not have a firm opinion on when ear piercings are acceptable. Although the organization advises parents to wait until their children are old enough to handle piercing aftercare on their own, it does not specifically prohibit baby piercing.

While some doctors recommend that parents wait until their baby is 4 months of age when they would have received their tetanus shots. In reality, the American Academy of Pediatrics admits that piercings are safe at any age as long as they are done with sterile equipment and techniques. In addition, to ensure that the piercings heal correctly, the parent or other caregiver must be compliant with aftercare.

2. What are the risks in ear piercing my child?

Aside from the possibility of infection, which we’ll discuss in a moment, there are a few other dangers to consider before having your baby’s ears pierced.

There’s no proven connection between getting pierced ears as a baby and unintentional side effects including irregular or drooping piercings, assuming you’re attentive during the aftercare healing phase. Listen to this astounding fact,  where one study found that keloids are more likely to develop when ears are pierced after the age of 11 than before age 11.

Likewise, concerns about other issues, such as the development of keloids (excessive scar tissue) or potential allergic reaction to the metal used in an earring, haven’t been consistently linked to having pierced ears as a baby. Here is a key indicator of your risk, if you or your child has a family history of keloids, you should stop getting your ears pierced. If you insist on having your child’s ears pierced, experts advise doing so in early childhood rather than infancy to avoid the possibility of keloids.

3. Where are children’s ears pierced?

Did you know that professionals are now performing ear-piercing in the office nowadays? If you’re having your baby’s ears pierced, make sure the procedure is done with disinfect instruments and preform standardized skill.  For example, instead of using a piercing gun, which is more common in jewelry stores, kiosks, and malls, the piercer should use a needle. Your best choice is to get the piercing done by a doctor, nurse, or professional technician because they are quite familiar with the standards that maintain prevention of infection.

Also, make sure the piercer uses a gold post earring to help prevent infection and skin reactions to the metal. Also, stop wearing dangling earrings because they can get stuck on something and cause your baby’s earlobe to break . Finally, screw-back earrings are the safest option for preventing loosening, falling out, and choking hazards.

4. Sign the consent form if required

. Before the ear piercing, you will be asked to sign a release or waiver. You will sign a release stating that you are aware of the dangers of ear piercing and that you accept full responsibility.

A piercing atmosphere that is both clean and healthy. Before the ear piercing, make sure the clerk washes their hands. During the operation, the clerk should also wear sterile gloves.

5. Ask questions and protect your mental comfort

Getting your child’s ears pierced can give you as the parents anxiety about what your little star will experience a sharp pinch at some point- during and after the procedure. Some parents prefer to hold baby and turn face while the procedure is being performed. I preferred this method because I wanted to comfort and let my baby know that I am supporting her. Contrariwise, others prefer to let dad or someone else hold baby. the choice is totally up to you Mama. Ask as much questions as you need to help you to further cope with what is happening.( Promotional link).

6.Caring for your little star after ear piercing

How you handle aftercare will influence how well your baby’s piercings heal and how long they last, just as it does with grown ups ear piercings — or any form of body modification, for that matter.

Here are the steps to take after your baby gets ear piercing:

  • Using a cotton pad, apply antibiotic ointment to the piercing site twice a day.
    Tilt the earring back and forth.
  • For the first 4–6 weeks, do not remove or alter the earring.
    After thoroughly washing your face, you can just touch your child’s piercings.
  • Infection can be avoided with good, consistent aftercare.
  • Observe for signs of infection

7. What are the signs of infection?

There’s always the possibility of infection for some form of body alteration. Ear piercing is no different. That is why it is important to obey the aftercare instructions.

Most people of any age who have their ears pierced experience only slight discomfort during the healing process. If you experience any of the following symptoms, your baby’s piercing can be infected:

  • A temperature of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher
  • redness
  • swelling
  • draining
  • warmth to the touch

If your baby shows some of these symptoms of infection, clean the piercing with a clear saline solution. Rub alcohol or hydrogen peroxide should not be used on your baby’s sensitive ears.

Continue to clean the piercing spot, as well as turning the earring. Often, keep in mind that if the piercing doesn’t transform, it’s not a good sign. You should begin treatment at home, but if symptoms continue after two days, you should see your pediatrician. (Promotional link).

8 What type of earrings are the best for my baby?

The AAP recommends using gold post earrings that are small, round, and as flat as possible for your baby’s first piercing.

While 14 karat (or higher) gold post earrings are more expensive than cheaper mixed-metal options that may contain nickel, they pose the least risk of causing an allergic reaction. NEVER put fake earrings in your little star’s ears.

Bottom line

Will your baby’s ears be pierced? Remember its a personal decision  as there is no right or wrong way. Decisions are chosen based on personal beliefs .

If you plan to have your child’s ears pierced, make sure you go to a specialist who uses sterile equipment and always follow the aftercare directions to ensure a proper healing.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you are doing great. Continue to be strong in the Lord. He is there waiting for you to tell Him what you want. I hope your pregnancy is going well. For the dads reading this please share with your partner if she is pregnant or is considering this decision. You are free to like comment or share this post. I wish you a happy, healthy, safe pregnancy.

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Published by Marilyn Smith

Hello. My name is Marilyn Smith. I am a Health Specialist with specialized skills in Clinical Practical Nursing, and Midwife of thirty six years. I am also a certified Lactation and Grief Specialist. I am well qualified to assist in meeting your breastfeeding needs. Breastfeeding is indeed the best for your baby. Congratulations on making such a wonderful decision. Consider this your home as we learn about the joys and pains of pregnancy & breastfeeding

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