When And How To Get Baby's Ears Pierced?

when and how to get baby's ears pierced

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Baby ear piercing is a popular custom in many cultures. Though in countries like the USA it is a controversial issue, in countries as India, Spain and Latin America, it is part of the popular custom.

Ear piercing is generally performed as soon as possible after birth or in baby’s first year. It can be more painful if done in the later stage of life. While piercing the ears is popular in case of girls, in some societies it is performed equally for boys and girls.

Can I Pierce Baby’s Ears At Birth?

Yes, but make sure you have a discussion with the doctor before doing this. The doctor will give you the required information about this procedure. This will help you understand the basics and make it easier to manage unforeseen circumstances.

Here are a few concerns that you should keep in mind:

  • In countries like the US, piercing your baby’s ears is not very common. Hence, hospitals are not equipped for this. If you are based in the US, you may need to take your baby to a pe
    diatrician or other recognized professional.
  • Generally anesthesia is not given for this process as it takes only a few seconds to pierce the ears. Local anesthesia will be given on request or based on the need of it.
  • Only earrings made with surgical steel should be used. Normal earrings are restricted at least for 2 weeks.

How To Prevent Complications In Post Ear Piercing For Babies?

While you want your baby to wear those cute earrings, you surely don’t want any complications to arise.

a. Here are a few points that need to be taken care of when you are going for ear piercing:

  • It is important not to remove the earrings for at least two months after piercing. This is the minimum time required for it to heal properly.
  • You need to use mild disinfectants to wipe your baby’s ear lobes at least twice a day. Twist the earrings gently. Don’t apply pressure on the piercing because it may cause pain to your baby.
  • Don’t forget to keep the area dry after bath. It reduces the chances of infection.

b. Always observe the area closely for the slightest appearance of infection. Any kind of inflammation, redness, swelling or discharge should be taken seriously and given medical attention. If noticed, then:

  • Remove your baby’s earrings immediately, wipe the area with a mild disinfectant and seek immediate help.
  • Apply an antibiotic cream only after consulting the doctor. Do not buy over the counter drugs unless the doctor suggests for it.
  • If you notice any abnormal symptoms in your baby’s health condition, like high fever and severe redness and swelling at the ear lobes, consult the doctor immediately.
  • After two months, you may go for different earrings. However, it should be made of surgical steel or gold. Any other metal or artificial pairs may cause allergy.

How Do I Know That The Piercing Is Being Done With Full Precaution?

An infection after ear piercing is something common. If all precautions are taken care of, your baby shall be free of any discomfort.

Here are the main points that you need to keep in mind:

  • The doctor or person performing the piercing should clean hands properly, wear gloves and use anti-bacterial cleanser to clean baby’s ear lobes before the procedure is performed.
  • Check in advance whether the person who will be piercing your baby’s ears has any prior experience in performing ear piercing for babies.
  • Make sure the material used for baby’s earrings is of good quality.

You can get your baby’s ear piercing done whenever you want to, or wait for your child to decide when she wants to get it done. Ensure that whenever you are going for your baby’s ear piercing, it is done by someone who is well experienced with handling babies.

While ear piercing for baby may not be a painful process at all, it may actually be a tear jerker for you, the parent. Rest assured your baby will not be in pain. So if you want, you may carry a few extra tissues for yourself! All the best, and enjoy your baby’s new look.

Don’t forget to share your first experiences with other new parents.

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