While piercing girls' ears as early as the day they are born is quite common in other places of the world, here in the United States, the practice is still somewhat controversial. You'll want to make sure that you know the facts and make an informed decision before you proceed. Here's what you need to know!
What is the Best Age to Get My Child's Ears Pierced?
The best age to pierce a child's ears really depends on the preferences of the individual family. Some pediatricians recommend waiting until the child is old enough to take care of the piercings independently around age ten. Others have no problem piercing at any age since the procedure is so low risk.
It may be wise to wait until your child is old enough not to put things in his or her mouth, however, since an earring that has fallen out can present a choking risk. Talk to your pediatrician to be sure.
Where Should I Get My Child's Ear's Pierced?
The best place to have your child's ears pierced is at the pediatrician's office, if your pediatrician does the procedure. Otherwise, you can ask your child's pediatrician or even your friends and family for a good recommendation. Make sure that the facility you choose uses proper sterilization techniques, and is properly accredited.
What Do I Need to Do to Prepare?
If your child is old enough to understand what is happening, you may want to warn him or her of the pain and make sure that he or she is certain about the decision. An over-the-counter pain reliever taken beforehand can help ease the pain.
How Do I Care for My Child's Ears After They are Pierced?
Taking care of a piercing should be relatively easy. Rotate and clean the earring and the ears as recommended by the professional who does the piercing. Only use earrings made of an approved material while the ears are healing. Do not remove the earrings for any length of time until the holes have healed.
Getting pierced ears is an exciting milestone for a child. Use the advice above, and it is sure to be a positive one as well.