Ear piercings are fashionable, and many parents wish to have their child's ears pierced for this reason. However, piercings do require poking a hole in the lobe of the ear and can leave your child susceptible to infection. For this reason, it's not recommended that adults pierce the child's ears at home.
There are also other reasons why at-home piercings are not the best idea. Here are some reasons why you should consider asking your child's pediatrician about medical piercings.
Ear Lobe Trauma
Infection is not the only potential hazard of at-home piercings. A person not knowledgeable in piercing ears could use the wrong type of needle. They may use too little or too much force. This can lead to injuries and issues such as:
- Piercing bumps
An experienced person, like a medical professional, has a better feel for the process and understands the soft tissue of the ear. This means they can pierce ears without hesitation and provide safe results.
Symmetry is important if you want the piercings to look good. Trained professional know how to find correct placement. Professionals can determine where the piercing should go on each ear to ensure they are symmetrical so your earrings look nice.
Also, when piercing other areas of the ear, professionals know where to place the hole so that it doesn't go through a vein.
Professionals have the right tools for the job, and depending on the type of piercing, they may use a variety of tools.
- Dermal punches
- Various needle gauges
- Gentian marks
Just because someone you know used ice, a needle, and a potato doesn't mean you should try it, too. These are not the right tools for the job and can lead to injury and/or infection.
There is no room in your home that is as sterile as the pediatrician's office. A professional has a room that is sterilized using powerful chemicals. They also wear gloves, and all the equipment used is free of bacteria and germs.
Even if you wash your hands first, swab the lobe with alcohol, and find a room you think is sterile, at-home piercing is still not germ and bacteria-free.
Ear piercings are safe for your child as long as it's done correctly and in a sterile environment. Professionals know exactly how to perform the task safely and with as little discomfort as possible. Contact a local doctor to learn more about medical ear piercings for kids.