I respect that everyone has their own opinion on the right time for their child’s ears to be pierced. Personally I don’t agree with hurting little ones for the sake of some tiny, sparkly dots on their lobes. So after many years of putting it off, I finally relented and let my girls have their ears pierced. It’s not that I am against piercings by any stretch of the imagination, I have a couple of body piercings myself, although I was 11 before I had my first ears piercings. I wanted them to be 100% sure that they really wanted them done and were old enough to look after them and not fiddle.
I opted to take them to Blue Banana as they specialise in piercing and won’t pierce children under the age of five. Plus I knew E&Ff would adore the clothes there! It was a really reasonable price too, only £15, which included the ear piercing, the earrings and also this funky little purse which contained sea salt and tea tree oil(diluted with almond oil). One tip I will give you, even if you are only having your lobes done, is to steer clear of anywhere than will pierce the cartilage (the top) of the ear with a gun. This can shatter the cartilage and cause all end of problems, believe me I know!
Now if you are of a similar age to me, you would more than likely have had your ears pierced, with a gun, at the local hairdressers. Your aftercare advice would have been to wash with surgical spirit twice a day and turn the jewellery each time to remove any crusty bits. The piercer said she still got parents coming in with their children who are surprised at the change in advice so I thought I’d share it with you.
Personally I always use the LITHA method for any piercing:
So no fiddling, playing, taking a peek every five minutes, no constant checking on it. Seriously, apart from the following cleaning advice just try and forget about it.
Aftercare for new ear piercings
Always remember that a piercing is a fresh wound, the area should be clean and hands should be washed thoroughly to avoid any contamination.
1. Fill a large glass with approximately 300ml of boiled water
2. Add 1 tablespoon of sea salt and stir till dissolved
3. Allow to cool to a comfortable temperature.
4. Use separate pieces of cotton wool to swab the front and back of each ear. Try not to pull at the earring while you do this.
5. If the piercing starts to look dry or crusty use 2-3 drops of the Tea Tree Oil, leave for a minute or two then wash with the salt water as usual.
Do’s and don’ts
Do clean the area at least twice a day for the first few weeks. If it starts to look red or infected, up the cleaning to three or four times a day until it settles.
Don’t turn the earring or pull from front to back, this will not allow the hole to heal and could result in germs getting inside causing an infection.
Don’t change the earrings for at least 6-8 weeks to ensure the piercing has fully healed.
Do go back to the piercer if you have any concerns at all.
Remember everyone is different, some people may be completely healed within a few weeks, whereas others could take months and months to heal.
If you have made the decision to have your young child’s ears pierced you need to be extra careful to avoid any infection. They will naturally play with or tug on the ear rings for the first few days until the pain goes away and they are used to the sensation of the jewellery. You should try to avoid this by distracting them with something more exciting like a toy or a snack.
Do you think there is a right age for children to have their ears pierced?