Earrings are the dream of girls from an early age, a jewelry that will make any baby a real princess. If a little girl grows up in a family, parents want her to be the most beautiful and attractive. And sooner or later, they face the question of ears piercing in a child. In some countries like Spain and Latin America, the wearing of earrings by female representatives is mandatory. And it’s traditional to pierce a newborn’s tiny ears on the first day after she is born. Anyway, the issue of ear piercing is solved individually, generally by the mother.
So, once you decide to pierce your princess’s ears, you are faced with other no less important questions: whether it is worth piercing the child’s ears and whether it is safe, when and where do the piercing procedure?
Medicine does not officially limit ears piercing in a child at an ‘early age. However, there are two cardinally opposite points of view. One says that it is harmful, the other – that with a properly conducted procedure and proper further care you cannot be afraid of any consequences. Our article will help you to study the arguments of both sides, weigh all the pros and cons and to make the right decision.
When is a good age to do piercing?
Cons of ears piercing in a child up to a year:
- The risk of infection. Newborn babies have tiny earlobes and the chance of misplaced piercings and infections, of course, is higher. Also, keep in mind that newborn’s immune system is still developing and an open wound can become a hotbed of infections. Some pediatricians suggest waiting until they are at least 6 months old;
- Nickel containing earrings for piercing can cause allergy;
- The risk of touching important points on the earlobes responsible for eyesight, hearing and other important organs; That is why it is important to entrust ears piercing to professionals, not a girlfriend who has already “pierced” everyone. Medical education in this matter is a guarantee of the absence of serious complications;
- The probability of ear trauma if the child grabs earrings during an active game;
- A little one can lose an expensive earring;
- The child can swallow the earring if it falls out.
At the same time, there is an opinion that it is better to pierce the baby ears up to a year because infants won’t be scared or remember the pain of an unpleasant procedure and healing.
On average, official medicine recommends ears piercing to children from 3 years old. At this age, you can already ask the baby if she wants to pierce the ears, and it will be easier to take care of the punctures. But at this age, many girls are afraid of the procedure itself. Although almost every girl can overcome fear knowing that she will become even more beautiful, though a little more mature.
Also, practice shows that children who have been pierced with ears after 11 years have an increased likelihood of scarring.
Contraindications for ears piercing
There are general medical contraindications for ears piercing:
- Chronic ear diseases;
- Craniocerebral trauma;
- Allergy in severe forms;
- Blood diseases;
- Neurological disorders.
What time of year is the best for ears piercing in a child?
Definitely, it is late spring and early autumn. During the hot dusty summer, wounds heal worse and there is always a chance of infection. In winter, when children are wearing caps and turtleneck sweaters that can accidentally touch the earring and injure the wound that has not yet healed.
Where to do ears piercing in a child?
The choice should fall on the checked beauty salon or the medical center where this procedure will be led by professionals-cosmeticians knowing in what place to make the correct and beautiful puncture, how to make it quickly and without pain. Be sure to ask about the availability of medical education.
In beauty salons, ears piercing is carried out with a special gun. Child’s ears are decorated with stud earrings, usually made of medical steel. The procedure lasts a few minutes and is practically painless. Nevertheless, prepare yourself that your child could be afraid, burst into tears and, probably, even refuse to pierce the second ear. Usually, this happens because the child is frightened by the characteristic sound produced by the gun. From fright, a child can make an involuntary movement of the head, because of what the displacement of the original puncture point may occur. Another drawback of the classic “gun” is the impossibility of its complete disinfection, due to its design features.
So, if possible, choose a disposable model of a gun. Although this procedure will cost considerably more, it is less painful, almost noiseless and provides 100% sterility.
How to care for punctured ears?
Even though you pierce your ears in your best cosmetology clinic, healing the wounds may not be as fast as you might think. It depends on many factors: on the immunity of the child, on certain inflammatory processes in the body, and on the care of punctured ears.
- On the first day of ears piercing treat the wounds with antiseptics: hydrogen peroxide, diluted with alcohol or other alcohol-containing solution (for example, calendula tincture). Every time scroll well the earrings. Continue to do this for 5-7 days.
- Try not to wet the ears of the child. Avoid visiting the pool or natural reservoirs.
- If the baby has a swelling or the ears become festering, then rinse with a light solution of potassium permanganate until the inflammation passes. In the case of the ineffectiveness of these measures, consult your doctor.
- Do not remove the earrings until the complete healing of punctures, which usually takes from one to three months. When you decide to replace the earrings, do it neatly and only with sterile hands.
- It is necessary to be extremely neat during combing your child’s hair (ideally, make a short haircut or collect hair in the tail).
- No less carefully choose earrings: the first decoration of a small princess should be as light as possible, made of precious metals (best of all white or yellow gold), the arch must be very thin, the lock – reliable, but simple.
Notes: You can also contact specialized tattoo and piercing-salons where qualified specialists will do the procedure using disposable needles.
Consult with your doctor to make the procedure less painful.
Talk to your child about the piercing, don’t lie to her, don’t say that it doesn’t hurt! Lower her anxiety by saying it’s a quick procedure and encourage her to breathe deeply and that after the procedure she will become more beautiful.
Don’t use silver earrings: after the puncture, oxidation of the metal occurs upon contact with blood. As a result, an oxide is formed that interferes with wound healing, causing an inflammatory process.
Remember, that there is also the option of waiting until they are old enough to decide for themselves whether they want to pierce ears.
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