You want to add sparkle to your little girlâ€™s face and you are thinking of getting her ears pierced? Well, it is safe to get her ear piercing done as soon as she hits the six-month-old mark. However experts encourage parents to wait until the child is able to take responsibility.
Follow the below instructions for toddler ear-piercing :
- Before going for an ear piercing, point out that there will be some pain (give an illustration just like that of an injection) so they are prepared for it.
- Explain to your child that she needs to help you keep her ears and new studs beautiful. How? By looking at in in the mirror and not touching.
- Determine piercing location. Ask your friends where they took their children for ear piercing. Make sure they use sterile equipment and follow basic safety procedures.
- Choose surgical stainless steel earrings to avoid allergic reactions.
- Make the experience less painful. Coat the lobes with cream about 30 to 60 minutes before the piercing. Applying ice a few minutes before the piercing might help numb the pain receptors.
- Ask for simultaneous piercings. Once your toddler feels the sting of that first ear piercing, she might get wiggly and tearful and might become reluctant to the second ear piercing. This will make the second ear piercing a real challenge. To alleviate anxiety at the time of piercing, it is recommend having two technicians to simultaneously pierce both ears.
- Prefer studs with secure closings (screws or twists on back) for toddler earrings. This will not allow the child to pull on her earrings or get them stuck on her clothing.
- After ear piercing, the wound site is more prone to infection during the first two weeks. Avoid infection by always keeping your daughter’s earrings clean. Wipe both earlobes and earrings often with an alcohol-based solution.
- Take caution when changing her clothes or brushing her hair so that it doesnâ€™t irritate her newly pierced. Try to keep hairspray, shampoo, perfumes, and similar products away from the earrings for at least 3 days.
- Make sure your daughter wears earrings continuously for six months so that the holes will become permanent. Rotate her tiny toddler earrings often so that they donâ€™t adhere to her skin and maintain its shape as it heals. Do not remove the first pair of earrings until at least six weeks have passed.
- Should an infection set in – you may opt to remove the earring and let that tiny hole close up. Wait at least six months or longer before you consider getting the ears pierced again.