What You Need To Know Before Getting A Child’s Ears Pierced
Oct 16th, 2020
Having their daughters’ ears pierced for the first time is something that many parents are looking forward to. It’s like a huge celebration or a milestone reached for many moms and dads. For sure you have seen plenty of videos online of this once-in-a-lifetime moment of those who share them on social media platforms.
But you have to remember that there are some things that you need to keep in mind before you go about ear piercing, especially for young children.
When is the best time to have your childs’ ears pierced? What kind of earrings should you get? Where should you get it done? Is it going to be painful? How long will it heal?
These are just some of the most common questions that parents ask when they want to get it done. So let’s start with the age. There are parents who think that the earlier they get their childs’ ears pierced, the better. They say that at this age, the child won’t be able to remember the pain. It is true, but it is better to wait until the babies are 6-month-old or older.
Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, a pediatrician from Seattle Children’s Hospital said, “Any time you puncture the skin, you open up the opportunity for infection, and because infants still have developing immune systems, I encourage parents to wait until their child is at least 6 months old to get her ears pierced.”
Though some parents make this decision for their child, others wait until their kids really asks for it. They wait until the child is about 10 years old or older and they are old enough to make a decision. But you have to remember that when you have to wait until your child is at the right age to understand the process, they also have to endure the pain.
And there is no way to make this pain completely bearable.
Your child should completely understand that this is going to hurt but will only last for a couple of seconds. And also, the pain won’t last long. If even the slightest pain is not something that you want your child to suffer, some pediatricians would be able to prescribe a topical numbing cream that can be applied to the childs’ ear during the procedure. This cream can help numb the pain.
Also, you can try to distract your child during the process. Tell a funny story or keep asking her questions.
When choosing an earring, if your child is able to pick one herself, then have her do it. If not, it is best to avoid nickel and cobalt. These are common to cause allergic reactions in many children. You can go for platinum, titanium, or 14K gold since these are the safest options.
Now the next thing to consider is where should you go to have the piercing done. Some people will go to any known store that does ear piercings. But to be safe, it is best to have it done by a dermatologist or a pediatrician.
This way, you will have peace of mind that proper safety procedures are followed. Also, you can go to a technician with years of experience and a good track record in doing ear piercings on a child.
And if you have any questions, do not be afraid to ask your pediatrician or the piercing technician. They would be able to answer your queries or any of your concerns.