As a mom, you are probably excited and nervous about getting your daughter’s ears pierced? We know how much you want her to wear those cute little tops, but are you aware of the pros and cons of kids ear piercing before you get it done.
Well, don’t worry! Here, Momjunction has put together some relevant information for you. So, sit back, relax and read our post below to learn more about ear piercing for kids: the tips, the safety information, etc.
Right Age To Get Your Kid’s Ears Pierced:
When you get your kid to the ear piercing chair is a topic that is best left for you to decide. Getting your kid’s ears pierced is a very personal subject, and there is not a particular criteria that you have to follow regarding the ‘right’ age. When you do want to decide on the right age for your kid, do keep the following pointers in mind before kids getting their ears pierced:
- Some experts suggest that it can be harmful if you pierce your kid’s ears at a very early age. The reason they offer is that when you puncture your kid’s skin, it will be more susceptible to infection. As an infant, your kid’s immunity levels will are still developing, and it means that your kid (at infancy) will not be able to fight off the infections that may creep in. Experts feel that it is always best to wait till the time your kid is, at least, six months of age and then get the ears pierced.
- If you want that your kid should have some say in whether or not you should get her ears pierced, you can also wait till she is about nine or ten years old. By that age, your kid will be more aware of what she wants and will understand the process better. Also, the plus point to it is that if your kid is at an age where she understands better, she will be more responsible and take better care of her piercing as well as her earrings.
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Ensuring That Your Kid Feels Minimal Pain While Getting Her Ears Pierced:
One of the biggest fears that most parents have when they take their kids to get their ears pierced is the pain that will come as part of the piercing. If you have decided to take your kid for a session of ear piercing but want to make sure that she experiences as less pain as possible, keep the following points in mind:
- Ask your doctor to prescribe a numbing cream that will help to reduce the pain. Numbing creams that contain lidocaine derivatives will help to act as a local anesthesia so that your kid will not feel the pain at the time of piercing the ear.
- You can apply a thick layer of the cream on your kid’s ear lobes at least 30 to 60 minutes before the ear will be pierced.
- Alternatively, if you do not want to use a medicated cream to numb the area, you can also apply a cube of ice on the ear lobes just before the ears will be pierced. The cold from the ice cubes will numb the pain receptors that are present in the area for those next few minutes. As a result, your kid will not feel the pain during the time the ears will be pierced.
- Do remember that even when you use the above methods, it will not remove the pain completely, and your kid will feel a little pain and discomfort nonetheless. Instead of letting her feel it suddenly, tell her that it will feel as little as she gets hurt when she gets an injection. If your kid is too young to understand, you can tell her it will be a small ouch in the ear for one tiny moment and then it will all be gone.
- Talk to your kid in a practical way and be sure that you do not anxious or worried in front of her. If you look scared yourself, your kid will pick up the signals from you and will also get scared and anxious. You can also ask her to take deep breaths while the ear is being pierced, as it will help her stay calm.
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Who Should Pierce Your Kid’s Ears?
Before you decide a place and person to get your kid’s ears pierced, here are a few things you should consider:
- You can first ask your kid’s pediatrician or dermatologist if they do pierce kids’ ears. If they do, you will be sure that the doctor will use equipment that is sterile and will have the least chance of causing an infection. Also, your kid’s doctor will usually follow the safest practices when it comes to hygiene. Most dermatologists and pediatricians, however, do not pierce kid’s ears, but you can still ask, just to be sure.
- In case, your pediatrician or dermatologist says no, you can ask them for a reference where you can get ear piercings for kids safely.
- Once you visit the person, who will pierce your kid’s ears, ask them how many years of experience they have in this field. The concerned person should ideally have more than a year of experience in child ear piercing specifically.
- You also have to be very sure to see that the person who will pierce your kid’s ears follows the basic safety standards. Make sure the person washes hands before touching the equipment or puts on gloves. Also, you can ask them to clear the ear lobes with a wad of cotton wet with alcohol, to reduce chances of any infection.
Once your kid’s ears are pierced, make sure you keep them clean and move the ring or stud a few times gently, to ensure it is not too tight.
Moms, at what age did you get your kid’s ears pierced? Was it an alright procedure or did your kid face any problems? Tell us about it below.