Why Get Your Baby’s Ears Pierced?
While men often have one or both of their ears pierced these days, it is still a very feminine thing to do. Many people think it is cute to have their daughters’ ears pierced and they think it makes them stand out. As a baby it definitely makes your baby stand out as a girl no matter what color she is wearing, or whether she is wearing a dress or an onesie. Some babies will be born with little to no hair making it hard to figure out their gender instantly. Some people will choose to get their daughters ears pierced so that they don’t have to hear the question, or at least not as often as before, “Is it a boy or a girl?”
Another reason why people get their daughters ears pierced when they are babies is because their baby won’t remember it. Even if your baby cries when it happens, within minutes afterwards, with lots of love from you, they will have calmed down and forgotten it. Also, as an infant, your baby can not take her earrings out of her ears and the chance of the area getting dirty is less, since she won’t be playing in much dirt for a few more months.
When Is The Best Time To Do It? What age is best?
Many people get their daughters ears pierced within the first two weeks of life. Others wait until their babies are a few months old.
There isn’t really a “best” time as an infant, but in order to help keep your baby’s hands away from her ears you should probably do it while she is still very little.
A three month old won’t understand the concept of playing with her ears like a one year old would.
Likewise, a two or three year old is more likely to figure out how to take off those pesky adult proof backings leading to her losing one of her earrings. Yes, she will always just lose one, making you have a lot of single earrings laying around for your baby.
If you prefer, you can wait until a girl is old enough to want her ears pierced and to care for her ear own lobes and earrings.
Toddlers and preschoolers can be challenging because they often won’t sit still, or after piercing one side, refuse to get the other side pierced, so make sure your daughter really wants her ears pierced before you start.
If you are considering piercing your daughter’s ears, please find a trained professional doctor, be diligent about keeping the area clean and see your pediatrician right away if there are any signs of infection or irritation.
What should piercing studs be made of?
Look for piercing studs without nickel, preferably without any metals. This is especially important if there is a history of irritation or infection with piercings or previous piercings in same spot. I prefer to use medical titanium or nickel free stainless steel. This decreases the risk of irritation and infection later on in life. Of course, all studs must be sterilised. I use a piercing gun with sterile piercing studs embedded in a disposable cartridge.
How long it takes to heal?
The different areas of the ear have a different amount of vascularity; for example, the cartilage has less blood flow than the lobe, and that can contribute to how long it takes to heal. Less blood flow equates to a longer healing time. So, a helix piercing, which might takes the same amount of time as an earlobe piercing to perform, will take longer to heal and be more sensitive/tender in the morning if you have slept directly on it.
How to you ensure the holes are symmetric?
Nobody has perfectly symmetrical earlobes, so when placing the dots I take accurate measurements, but also look to make sure the holes are visually symmetric or look good. I tell parents that I can hit the dot exactly, so I want them to make sure they like the position of the dots before we go ahead and pierce.
Ear piercing pain
It’s a bit difficult to quantify the level of pain for each area of the ear. Several factors contribute to the sensation of pain: the quality of the needle, the skill of the piercer to perform a quick piercing and jewelry transfer, and the client’s state of anxiety and preconceptions. All piercings done by a professional should take 0.5-1.5 seconds to execute.
In the context of the professional piercing world, earlobe piercing pain is mild, and areas of the ear with cartilage are slightly more painful. But we must be careful not to generalize, as someone who has had an inept lobe piercing might have experienced more pain than the same person getting a tragus piercing done professionally.
Some of the inner ear piercings can take longer on the above scale to execute, like the daith, but that does not make it a painful experience. That piercing folds easily with the ear and does not experience torque from sleeping on the jewelry that a helix piercing can.
Pain-free ear piercing procedure
Naturally done piercings can never be completely painless – or can they?
You will be pleased to hear that actually they can, with the help of a special anesthetic.
A pain-free experience is nice for adults, but particularly important for children, in order to avoid emotional trauma.
How to make Ear piercing less painful for kids?
Doctors suggest that there are some spray and numbing creams which can help anesthetizing your earlobes while performing ear piercing. Such creams could be applied on the earlobes of your child which after certain period of time anesthetize the area. It helps in making ear lobes become numb and this way ear piercing could be a less painful effort.
What’s the best way to care for earlobes after piercing?
Always wash hands before touching the
Use special sterile solution for ear piercing care and clean the front and back twice a day for 6 weeks.
Continue cleaning your earlobe and earrings with rubbing alcohol every time you put new earrings on to prevent infection.
How long should you wait before changing earrings?
The ideal time to leave in piercing studs is 1 1/2 – 6 months because piercing studs are a bit thicker and over time the holes contract. For infants, I prefer to wait 1 1/2 months, but older children and teens can switch out their earrings after 2 months.
After Care Instructions for Your Piercing
1. A specially formulated ear care antiseptic solution is required;
2. Always cleanse hands prior to touching your newly pierced ears;
3. Push earrings gently forward & backward, swabbing solution between your ear & the earring;
4. Rotate earrings twice daily to prevent earring sticking or clinging to the ear;
5. Avoid touching your piercing except when cleaning;
6. Cleanse twice daily for 4-6 weeks (lobes), 8-12 weeks (cartilage.).
Signs to look for after piercing that something may be wrong.
Although I’ve never seen an infection in ears I have pierced, I often see infections from piercings done elsewhere.
If there is any soreness, redness or pus at the site of piercing, see your doctor right away.
Ear piercings are carried out by a DOCTOR.
Piercing your ears is a one-off event that is vital to get right!
it should be performed under sterile clinical conditions, similar to a minor surgery;
in other conditions it can become infected or may never heal properly.
This is especially important in case you develop an infection or other problem after the procedure. You will then have direct access to a doctor to have the problem accessed and treated if the need may arise.
Anti Allergic Ear Piercing procedure
Nickel allergy is very common, and it has been estimated to affect up to 20% of women in the UK. Symptoms include itching, redness, rash, dry patches or swelling of the skin after nickel contact. Nickel is used in many everyday items from coins, zippers and metal buttons to eyeglass frames. A large percentage of jewelry, including ‘real’ silver and gold items also contain traces of nickel and can cause reactions.
If you are allergic to nickel and get your ears pierced with ear studs containing nickel, you can develop a chronic inflammation with itchiness and oozing. Often, in these cases, the piercing never heals properly. That’s why it’s very important to make sure you are not allergic to nickel before you have your ears pierced. This can be done with a simple allergy patch test prior to the procedure. A patch test needs to be applied around 4 days before the piercing to enable the diagnosis of a nickel allergy. We offer this in our clinic as a complimentary service for our ear piercing patients.
However, even if you are allergic to nickel (or don’t have time to do the nickel allergy test and want to be extra-safe), you can still have your ear pierced with us, as we also offer non-allergenic, 100% nickel-free Titanium earrings!
Our Luton ear piercing services are executed using only the safest materials!
After your procedure, we provide you with comprehensive, post-procedure written information to take home and a complimentary supply of a special antiseptic post-procedure solution to disinfect your ears daily. You will also receive an additional pair of high quality starter ear studs (Titanium or 18cc gold) for later use.
Items included in our clinical ear-piercing package:
- Ear Piercing procedure carried out by a DOCTOR in a safe and clean clinical environment;
- No-touch technique, which guarantees that the piercing studs remain 100% sterile and safe;
- A completely painless experience using our advanced anesthetic;
- Non-allergy Titanium or 18ct Gold ear studs available;
- Full written instructions on how to avoid post-procedure infections;
- Special anti-septic post-procedure solution to take home;
- Nickel allergy test prior to the procedure (optional);
- Complimentary access to a Medical Doctor in case of any problems.
What connection does the vaccination have with the ear piercing?
The holes in your ears are not indicated immediately after the vaccine or in a week in which the vaccine is made.
Immediately after the vaccine is contraindicated realization of intramuscular injections.
They have no connection with the holes in the ears.
Our Luton ear piercing services are perfect for any baby. For the most reliable Luton ear piercing services, contact us now!