Ear piercing done in a medical setting is safe for your child. The Center for Advanced Pediatrics offers ear piercing for babies and children. Visit the Darien or Norwalk, Connecticut, office to provide your child with the most sanitary and comfortable results. Make an appointment today by calling one of the offices or reaching out online.
A medical team member at the Center for Advanced Pediatrics first determines the precise piercing spots and marks them with an erasable pen. They then apply a prescription topical numbing cream and sterilize your child’s earlobes.
They use a medical-grade device to pierce your child’s ears. The puncture is fast and nearly pain-free for your little one.
The device inserts pre-approved starter studs into your child’s earlobes. The studs are hypoallergenic, made of 24kt gold, and surgical steel posts. This significantly reduces the risk of your child developing an infection.
The Center for Advanced Pediatrics team follows strict safety rules. There’s no need to worry about cleanliness or precision like you might at a commercial piercing parlor or accessory store.
The appropriate age for ear piercing is entirely up to you, the parent. Infants still have a very immature immune system and would be more vulnerable to infection after piercing. Waiting until your child is six months old before getting their ears pierced is recommended.
If you’ve allowed your child to decide, make sure they understand that they must take responsibility for keeping their ears clean and sanitized following the procedure. Age 10 is a common time for ear piercing, but every child and family is different.
If your child isn’t old enough to care for their own piercing, the Center for Advanced Pediatrics team gives you complete aftercare instructions during your appointment. Care includes daily ear cleaning using provided antibacterial solutions, rotating the studs a few times a day, and wearing the starter studs for at least six weeks before changing to earrings.
An ear piercing can develop an infection or fibrous scar tissue overgrowth, called a keloid, without proper aftercare.
If your child has redness, swelling, or pain around the site of the piercing, it’s probably infected. Another sign is pus or discharge coming from the piercing site.
A mild infection can clear up with increased diligence in caring for the site. But if your child’s ear looks swollen or they’re complaining of pain (or fussing and tugging at the site), make an appointment right away to come in for antibiotics or other treatments.
Contact the Center for Advanced Pediatrics today to have your child’s ears pierced safely. Call the office or use this website to schedule your visit online.