Little girls look adorable with earrings, but there are a few things to think about before getting your child’s ears pierced. Many parents wonder about the right age to have them pierced and how to take care of them after the procedure. Here are a few things you might want to consider.
Why you may want to wait
Small earrings can be come a choking hazard if they are pulled out of the ear and end up in the mouth. Also, any time a needle punctures the skin, you run the risk of introducing infection into the area. Some babies can be sensitive or even allergic to the metal in the posts. A good general rule of thumb is to wait until the child is old enough to take care of the piercings herself. If you do decide to go ahead with it, make sure the procedure is done by a pediatrician or trained professional.
How to care for pierced ears
When the time is right and your child gets her ears pierced, you will want to be sure that you care for them properly. First, make sure that you clean the area well at least twice a day with rubbing alcohol. Also, be sure to twist them at least once daily and to keep that first set in for at least six weeks. Once you put in new earrings, choose ones with surgical steel or 14 karat gold posts to prevent irritation.
What if there is a problem?
At the first sign of redness, itching, or pain, apply an antibiotic ointment to the earlobe. And if the redness gets worse or the earlobe becomes swollen, call your pediatrician right away because an infection may be developing.