Some parents insist that ear piercing for children is an important part of culture. If you are one of them, below are five important things to consider when getting ear piercing for your lovely child.
It is recommended that ear piercing for children is only performed when the children reach 6 years old. A young child is developing his/her immune system. This means that the ability to counter possible infections and other related diseases is very weak.
Piercing will create wounds, even when performed in adults. A good thing to prevent the wounds from getting worse is by keeping a good cleanliness around the pierced areas.
However, a very young child is not likely to be able to keep a hygienic lifestyle as good as an adult does. The recommended age for a child to get the first piercing is 6 years old, but it would be better if you wait until the child is big enough to be able to keep things clean.
2. Types of Earrings
Types of earrings do matter because certain metal may trigger allergic reactions. The most commonly suspected metal in the scenarios of skin irritation and allergic reactions is nickel.
Unfortunately, it is quite difficult to know whether any particular metal contains nickel. The wisest thing to do is to consult doctor about the issue. Some of the safest materials for earrings include surgical stainless steel, titanium, and platinum.
3. Piercing Place
Ear consists of many parts and you will want to find the safest spots to puncture. There are many possible spots, however, but you can always ask for a professional advice from doctor or dermatologist. The most important thing is how the piercing is performed. The piercer should understand some basic safety rules such as using new gloves, sterilizing the equipment, applying antibacterial formula, etc.
It is wise to go to a professional or experienced piercer only. Please put in mind that some tools for piercing are for single-use only.
4. Post-piercing Care
Ear piercing for kid is a quite risky thing to do, so you have to understand the entire necessary treatments in order to avoid infections. The most important thing is to keep the earrings as clean as possible. Wash the earrings at least twice a day by using a cotton pad. You can use a cleaning solution or hydrogen peroxide formula to dip the cotton pad before applying it.
Clean all parts of the earrings then slide them back and forth to prevent the holes from closing. Do not remove the initial earrings for the first six weeks. After that, you can replace them with the new ones, but your kid must use earrings continuously for six months to make the holes permanent.
5. Signs of Infections
Recognize some signs of infections including redness, drainage, and swelling around the pierced area. Immediately contact doctors if you see those signs for further treatments. The doctor usually prescribes some antibiotics and suggests you to remove the earrings.
Ear piercing for children is probably a dangerous thing to do, but it always depends on personal preferences. To avoid infections, it is best to consult doctor about any possible risk before and after you have your child’s ears pierced. Always ask a professional piercer to perform the task for better and safer results.