To a mother, her baby is the most delicate thing in the whole world. Even a little pinch of pain for the baby can cause distress to the mother as well. The pain experienced by your beautiful princess during ear piercing is the most painful for you as well. Every girl child goes through a phase, where her tiny earlobes could be pierced for earrings. However, now-a-days, many parents choose not to pierce their baby’s ear due to the immense pain it causes.
Parents are always apprehensive about when, where and how to get their daughter’s ear pierced. According to the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP), there is always a little risk at any age, even if the piercing is performed carefully and cared for conscientiously. However, they recommend that waiting until a child is old enough to take care of the piercing herself is better rather than forcing it on her too early.
Lets Us Look At A Few Do’s And Don’ts Of Ear Piercing For Your Baby.
When To Get It Done?
Many people want to get it done at birth or when they are infant. However, at any age, it will cause pain. And, a baby’s skin is too sensitive to withstand pain and also prone to infections and allergies. So, do it when your child is old enough to understand the implications or she will not fidget with the area.
Where To Get It Done?
First check, if your paediatrician or dermatologist does ear piercing as it would be the best option. Else you can take recommendations from your doctor regarding places or hospitals who specialize in this. Ensure that the person is well experienced and uses sterilizer and gloves while piercing. Do not pierce on the cartilage as it is too painful and can be damaging.
How To Get It Done?
First, talk to daughter about it and make her comfortable with the idea. Then, you need to prepare the area before piercing. You can either use some anesthetic cream to form a thick coat (for 20 to 30 minutes) or ice (10 to 15 minutes) to numb the pain receptors. This will help to numb the area. Ensure sterilized and proper instruments are being used for the piercing to avoid infection. Also ensure that the person uses antibacterial gel before doing it.
What Earrings To Use?
It is best to go for surgical stainless steel earnings or studs, which are free from nickel or alloy, as nickel and cobalt allergies are the most common. Actually, it is the best to go with platinum, titanium or 14K pure gold as these are extremely safe.
How To Care Post-piercing?
Post-piercing care is very important to avoid infections. Keep the ears clean and you can use rubbing alcohol or cleansing solution as recommended by the doctor. Check for any signs of infection like redness, puss or swelling. Also, keep a check whether your daughter develops any fever. In any of these cases, immediately consult a doctor. Do not let your daughter touch the area too often. Be careful while bathing or using a towel as earrings can get stuck and can cause pain when pulled. Tie up your daughter’s hair so that it does not get tangled in the earring. Also, try to avoid swimming or any other things that can cause contamination in the area. Remove the first earnings after about six weeks of piercing so that the hole is big enough. Immediately put other earnings so that the hole doesn’t close.
Hundred of moms across the world have signed petition to stop the practice of ear piercing of infants and toddlers, but this is still a debatable issue. While many feel that this is more for the vanity of parents, while others argue that since it has to be done, the sooner the better as they might resist more when they grow older.