What You Should Know Before Getting Your Baby’s Ears Pierced
Our piercing services at Pediatric Associates of Frisco ensure that children have the greatest experience possible in an atmosphere where all ear-piercing equipment is completely disinfected. We offer ear lobe piercings that are safe, gentle, and centered. We are conveniently located at 9191 Kyser Way, Suite 500, Frisco, TX 75033. For more information, please contact us or request an appointment online.
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While it can be quite a controversial topic in some circles, it’s become a relatively common place for parents to get their babies ears pierced. Many parents decide to do this young, usually to prevent the anxiety that ear piercing can cause in older children.
However, if you decide to get your little one’s ears pierced, ensure that you go to a professional who uses sterile equipment and who specializes in infant/child piercings. Your pediatrician may perform this service for you, which is highly recommended if you’re looking for safe and specialized care when it comes to your child’s ear piercing.
At Pediatric Associates of Frisco, our pediatric team is experienced and knowledgeable in performing child ear piercings. We safeguard your child’s health by using sanitary and high-grade equipment, and by making sure that you have a firm understanding of all necessary aftercare. Contact us today for more information about our services, or book online to schedule your child’s ear piercing at your earliest convenience.
While there is no specific minimum age for getting your child’s ears pierced, most pediatricians suggest waiting until your baby is at least 3 months old and has had their tetanus vaccine. Research shows that piercings are not any more dangerous to babies than they are to adults and that any complications of a piercing are not age-related.
At what age a child’s ear piercing takes place is up to the discretion of the parent(s). Some parents prefer to pierce their kids’ ears during infancy, while others wait till the child is old enough to take care of the piercings on their own.
Whether you’re a baby or an adult, the risks associated with ear piercing are roughly the same. However, if you choose to get your baby’s ears pierced, the responsibility falls on you as their parent to monitor the piercing site and to ensure all aftercare instructions are being followed. It’s also up to you to let the pediatrician know if your baby has any known allergies, as some jewelry materials may trigger an allergic reaction.
If a piercing is not done correctly, or proper aftercare is not followed, the site may not heal properly and complications may develop. These complications include:
• Auricle deformation
• Ear tearing
• Embedded backings
• Formation of keloids
It’s also important to note that earrings may get stuck on certain materials, such as blankets and stuffed animals, or they may get unintentionally pulled out. Monitoring the site and avoiding fabrics that may “catch” on your baby’s ears are ways that you can prevent this from happening.
In addition, always talk to your pediatrician before getting your baby’s ears pierced so they can walk you through the proper care instructions. This will help prevent negative side effects, the most common of which is infection.
Get your baby’s ears pierced at your pediatrician’s office (if applicable) or another trusted healthcare professional’s office. It’s important that all equipment being used is sterile and sanitary, which is far more likely at a medical facility. A healthcare professional will pierce your baby’s ears using sterilized needles and will also provide specially designed starter earrings made of hypoallergenic surgical steel.
Your baby’s ears should never be pierced at jewelry stores, commercial businesses, or mall kiosks, as these places typically use piercing guns that can’t be properly sterilized. In addition, workers in these establishments are often inexperienced and don’t receive the proper specialized training needed to perform infant piercings.
If the piercing site is infected, it may become red or warm to the touch. Your baby may also experience pain, bleeding, discharge, inflammation, or fever.
If you see any of these signs, sterilize your hands and take the earring out as soon as possible. Following their removal, clean the piercing sites with a baby-safe disinfectant. Once this is complete, contact your pediatrician to confirm what the next steps should be. They may recommend applying antibiotic cream to the site and waiting for the infection to pass before putting the earring back in.
If you’d like more information about getting your child’s ears pierced, or would like the insight of a pediatrician, contact us here at Pediatric Associates of Frisco. We can help provide the information you need to feel confident in your decision and will ensure a safe and professional piercing if that’s the avenue you decide to take. We are conveniently located at 9191 Kyser Way, Suite 500, Frisco, TX 75033. For more information, please contact us or request an appointment online. We serve patients from Frisco TX, Little Elm TX, The Colony TX, McKinney TX, Prosper TX, Aubrey TX, Oak Point TX, Lakewood Village TX, Plano TX, and Dallas TX.