The desicion of if or when to pierce your child's ears is a personal one. The reason for ear piercing can be cultural or cosmetic but not medically necessary.
The American Academy of Pediatrics(AAP) says that there is is little risk if the piercing is done carefully and cared for conscientously.
At Spectrum Health Med Spa we offer medical ear piercing using sterile technique, single use cartridges and topical numbing for pain/anxiety management.
Earing material-Titanium or medical grade plastic
Numbing: Triple anesthetic numbing gel-prescription only
Restraint- depending on age, Papoose board
Care of piercing and earrings-reviewed at piercing session/handout available in office
If you’re thinking about getting your child’s ear pierced, you should have it done in the pediatrician’s office.
Here are some good reasons to have your child’s ears pierced by a pediatrician:
Also, your child may be more comfortable with a doctor or nurse practitioner they know than a stranger at a jewelry store. The more relaxed they are, the easier the process will be.
After your child’s ears are pierced, you should carefully follow the instructions your pediatrician gives you to care for the new piercings. The American Academy of Pediatricians has comprehensive guidelines on how to avoid infections after ear piercing, but here are the basics.