Know Your Baby’s First Ear Piercing

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Are you thinking of getting pierced your daughter’s ear? Not a bad idea! Some parents wait till their daughters grow old enough to take care of their ear-piercing themselves. Contrarily, there are such parents as well who feel it’s perfectly okay to get their baby girls pierced at their early age as at tender age, piercing pain is not severe. But, always remember not to get your daughter pierced before she gets 6 months old. You should also consider every possible problem that may be caused to your child due to piercing.

Learn all the important things about your infant’s ear piercing-

How to get Baby’s Ear Pierced?

  • Don’t take your baby for ear piercing before she completes her 6 months.
  • Ensure your baby is updated with all her vaccinations.
  • Take the baby to a professional piercer or pediatrician for ear piercing.
  • Give your baby a dose of a pain-killer before taking her for piercing.  This will reduce the discomfort that your baby goes through during and after ear-piercing.
  • Make sure, sterilized needle is used for ear piercing.
  • Immediately after the piercing, clean the pierced area with hydrogen peroxide or alcohol.
  • Put the earrings of surgical steel or gold after she gets her ear pierced. This will avert infection in the area around the piercing.
  • You may consider ‘piercing gun’ for piercing. However, they are less hygienic option for babies.

How to Care Baby’s Pierced Ears?

  • After the piercing, sanitize the area around the piercing regularly for minimum seven days with a good antiseptic.
  • After piercing is done, turn the earring at least twice a day for at least next six months.
  • Don’t change the earrings constantly and make her wear the same earring for at least 1 year.
  • Clean front and end of the ear prudently with an alcohol or sanitizer dipped ear bud.
  • If any ear-piercing problem such as swelling, blood, keloids or redness arises on infant’s earlobes after ear piercing, then consult your piercer or doctor immediately.

What Are The Probable Troubles of Ear Piercing?

  • Infections: Instrument used to pierce the ear is likely to cause infection. This may result into collection of abscess and bleeding.  Allergic reactions, irritation and pain around the wound may occur due to the infection.
  • Uneven Piercing: Kids are usually twitchy. As a result their unpredictable movements lead to loss of judgment for ear piercing.  This uneven placing becomes the cause of ear-piercing infection in babies. Over-piercing at the same place worsen the situation further, causing a bigger injury.
  • Keloid Scars: Piercing in some infants may lead to the formation of tissue lumps around the piercing. These scars intensify the infection, resulting in the formation of blister around the piercing wound. Development of keloid scars is generally hereditary. Hence, children belonging from such families should avoid piercing their ears at an early age.

Before taking your infant for piercing, take care of all possible aspects associated with the ear-piercing.