Ear piercing is a safe and effective outpatient procedure that usually takes less than half an hour. At Fayrouz Pediatrics, with two convenient locations in Paterson and Clifton, New Jersey, board-certified pediatrician Hisham Gadalla, MD, and his caring team regularly perform ear piercing for children and teenagers. To schedule an appointment, call the nearest office or book online today.
Ear piercing is a quick, pain-free procedure that uses a needle or needle gun to make holes in the earlobe or other part of the ear. Following an ear piercing appointment, these holes can hold jewelry, including studs, rings, or hoops.
Although ear piercing is safe and well-tolerated, it does present risks. To prevent your child from developing an infection, it’s important to perform aftercare, including daily washing with soap and warm water.
Ear piercing is a very personal decision. The team at Fayrouz Pediatrics usually recommends ear piercing after the age of 6 months. This is because an infant’s immune system is constantly developing and piercing the skin presents a risk of infection.
If you want your child to make their own decision, the team recommends waiting until they’re 10. At this age, they’re old enough to follow instructions and clean their piercings and jewelry as necessary.
To ensure your child’s comfort during an ear piercing appointment, the team at Fayrouz Pediatrics administers a topical numbing cream to both ears. This cream contains lidocaine, a medication that anesthetizes the skin.
After the anesthesia soaks in for about 30 minutes, your child’s provider rubs ice on their ears. Combined, the anesthesia and ice numb pain receptors, ensuring your child remains comfortable throughout treatment.
If your child has a low pain tolerance, let them know that they may feel a pinch or stinging sensation. However, the procedure is quick and any discomfort lasts only a few minutes.
Following your child’s ear piercing appointment, the team at Fayrouz Pediatrics gives you a list of recovery instructions. To prevent infection, it’s important to wash the piercing site at least twice each day. Use warm water and antibacterial soap to gently clean the front and back of your child’s earrings.
After washing your child’s ears and earrings, take a cotton ball or Q-tip and dip it in rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide. Then, carefully rub the solution around the earring itself and the piercing site.
You should also take steps to maintain the shape of the piercing. To do this, the team at Fayrouz Pediatrics recommends carefully rotating your child’s earrings. You should avoid removing either earring for at least six weeks. This will prevent the skin from closing back up.
If you’d like to have your child’s ears pierced, schedule an appointment at Fayrouz Pediatrics by phone or online today.