In many cultures, a girl child is made to go through the ear piercing at a very tender age as a part of family tradition. As it is difficult to keep with the cleaning procedures when the child is very young, the chance of developing infection increases manifold. Also, the immune system of an infant is still not completely developed which could add to the risk.
Waiting for the child to at least be 6 months old is a must before you feel you are ready to follow the family tradition of ear piercing for your delicate child. The older the child the better because maintaining a clean piercing wound will get easier.
You can buy high-quality kids jewelry at the Body Pierce Jewelry website without having to worry about risks associated with low-quality and non-surgical grade metals being used in the jewelry for piercing sites that are still healing. The site offers many designs in 14K white and yellow gold studs to best supplement the tender healing pierced hole in the ear of your little one. Also, you can check the gifts for daughter collection to get some ideas.
Safe age for piercing
Never get an ear piercing for an infant as any infection could get very difficult to handle which can also easily spread to blood components or the inner ear canal which is still maturing.
If you wish to have the consent of your child for piercing, waiting till the child is 9-10 years old is the best. The child at that age is old enough to understand the process and also participate in the cleaning procedures that follow a piercing.
If your child is afraid of the pain or if you are skeptical regarding the pain caused during the piercing process, you can always ask for topical lidocaine cream about half an hour to an hour before you head for the procedure. Lidocaine is an anesthetic and can reduce the pain sensation to some extent for your child.
Ice application can also numb the ear lobes and reduce the pain to a lesser degree. Ensure that the piercer uses sterile tools and gloves. Mechanized guns with sterilized studs or sterile surgical needles are the most common ways of ear piercing. A fine gold wire can also be used to safely pierce a hole in each ear.
- Make sure that the child does not touch the pierced site with dirty hands especially during playtime.
- If the stud gets covered by infected skin, you might need to get the stud removed and carry out re-piercing later when the infection has healed.
- Place a very small stud as larger ones can get stuck when the child is playing and cause pain and even bleeding. Ear lobe rupture is also a risk involved in this case.
- Use sterile saline solution and gauze piece to clean the piercing site.
- Do not rotate the stud during the healing phase.
Avoid letting your kid go and play outdoors for a couple of days when the wound is very fresh and more prone to infections. Yellow gold and surgical steel are free from nickel content which can cause allergies and hence, they are the safest metal that should go in the pierced ear holes until complete healing has occurred.