Take Precautions While Getting Children’s Ears Pierced

Mothers should pay attention before piercing their babies’ ears.

Ear piercing has been around since Biblical times and is a common practice. Even boys get their ears pierced in childhood. Despite this, it is a difficult decision for the parents, causing pain to the child.
Many experts are actually against ear piercing, considering it a form of cruelty. However if necessary the process can be made easier with the following tips.
At what age should I get my child’s ears pierced?

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, there is no specific age for children to get their ears pierced. Ear piercing is quite safe. When they are done hygienically and correctly. Some parents get their children’s ears pierced early when the child is just 12 days old. While some wait till the child’s first birthday.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends waiting until children are old enough to care for pierced ears. Which is about 2 to 3 years. This can be considered the right age for ear piercing as the child starts understanding language and instructions. Apart from this, the skin of the ear is still soft but not as delicate as before and apart from this, vaccination must have been done by that age which prevents further infection.

Where to get ears pierced?

Some parents prefer to get their children’s ears pierced at a jeweler while others prefer to get them pierced by a doctor. There is no restriction in this as long as the person is experienced.
Ear piercing is different in some ways for children and adults, so keep the following tips in mind:
All equipment used during the procedure is clean. Find a place with good reputation and a good professional.

What is the process of ear piercing?

Step 1- The skin of the ear is cleaned with antiseptic. Gloves should be worn to maintain hygiene.
Step 2- Ear piercing is done with a needle or piercing gun. It depends on your choice, both cause pain which lasts for one or two seconds.
Step 3- The earring is placed inside the hole to close it. Gold in the form of earrings is preferred because it does not cause infection. Gold-plated earrings can also be used.
Step 4- Apply disinfectant twice a week. Change the earrings from one ear to the other every week.

The best place to get a child’s ears pierced is below the ear lobe. Apart from this, it is not meant to be pierced during childhood.

  • What precautions should be taken after ear piercing
  • Swap the earrings from one ear to the other every week.
  • Wash and dry the pierced area thoroughly.
  • Use disinfectant twice every 6 to 8 weeks to avoid infection. Wash children’s ears with safe soap.
  • Children should be dressed in such clothes that they do not get stuck on the ears and can be removed easily.

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