Children's Ear Piercing With the start of the summer holidays coming up you may be thinking of getting your children's ear pierced. This will give you 6/8 whole weeks for them to get a good healing before going back to school.
Placement is everything as your child's first piercing should be correct. Each and every earlobe is different and it is unusual for both ear lobes to match. One ear is often higher than the other and the angle of the ears can also be different.
It takes someone who understands the balance to get the placement correct. Ear Piercing After care: Once pierced its time to look after your new piercing.
You should have some after-care solution. This will be a sterile saline with anti-bacterial agents in.
So where do you go ? How do you work out a good or bad place to go and what questions can you ask?
Children's Ear Piercing - Questions to Ask
Q) What jewellery do you use? and what is it made of?
A) Silver is a big NO NO for initial piercing and is advised to be avoided for at least 3 months after the piercing. Silver can oxidise and break down into the healing ear causing all sorts of problems. Once healed (3 months recommended)
Q) Do you use 2 people or 1 to do the piercing?
A) Using 2 people for the piercing is fine as long as the ear lobes are marked up by the same person and checked by a parent. Also consider the intimidation of having a person either side. The only bonus is that the ears are done at the same time. In reality all you need is someone with experience of both piercing children and dealing with them.
Q) What sort of establishment is this and is the piercing done in a private room?
A) If you don't want your child pierced in the window of a retail shop make sure you find out. Really a separate dedicated piercing room is best. This should have cleanable walls and floors and be a sterile environment. It should not be an intimidating atmosphere.
Q) Do you wear gloves?
A) A new pair of disposable gloves should be worn for the piercing and the operator should have training in cross contamination. there is no point in putting on a sterile pair of gloves and then open cupboards doors or turn taps on that have been touched by others with dirty hands.
Q) What is the best metal for piercing ear lobes?
A) Not silver. Most ears are pierced with 9ct yellow or white gold, surgical steel or titanium. Plain polished titanium is the purest metal for the initial piercing. In truth gold or surgical steel are ok for the initial piercing. Gold plated metals are not so good so it is advisable to avoid these to start with. Summary. Do your homework. Decide what you want for your child.
1) Don't touch the new piercings with unwashed hands - they will be sensitive for the first few days, so don't go putting unwanted bacteria on them.
2) For the first week avoid swimming as chlorine is an irritant in open wounds, even sea water can have harmful bacteria in it.
3) Avoid soap and shampoo getting near the piercings for around a week.
4) On a daily basis put a drop of the saline solution front and back of each ear. With washed hands (use antibacterial soap) gently rotate just a 1/4 turn on each will suffice.
This will loosen the earrings and work some solution into the piercing. You can do this twice a day for around a week then just once a day up to 4/5 weeks. Less and less as time goes on. If you get redness or soreness it is better to refrain from increasing the after-care, in fact less may work better.
5) Leave them in for a minimum of 6 weeks without taking them out at all. If possible 3 months is better.
6) Most important as this is the main reason a new ear piercing will go wrong. NO SILVER FOR AT LEAST 3 MONTHS. Even then keep a close eye if wearing silver as a lot of people cannot tolerate this very well.
7) School - write a letter saying the piercings are new so cannot be removed. If they insist on tape for physical education. Ask if a small long strip of tissue can be put under the tape where the earrings are. This will stop the build up of an adhesive surface on the earring which will in turn act as a dirt magnet.
8) Pets - keep cats and dogs away from pillows and licking ears. Dogs like to lick ears so keep away. Extra care should be taken if your child likes to stoke animals. Make sure they wash hands with antibacterial liquid soap after stroking and before bed.
9) Behind the ear you will need some room. The piercer should have made sure there is a couple of mm free between the back of the ear and the butterfly clip. Check - if this is not the case you may need longer post earrings.
10) Some children squeeze the back to the back of the ear. There is a groove in the back of the earring where the butterfly should sit - you can pull it out and re seat it.
11) Last - don't take them out and leave them out for more than 10 mins - they will close. If you have problems inserting earrings just put a tiny amount of lubricant such as savlon or KY on the end of the post. This will help the shaft slide into place without pulling the skin.
Good luck with your new piercings!!!