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“You're still a baby, how come you have your ears pierced? Aren't you sorry?" That question often arises when responding to ear piercing in babies. Although it is considered a common thing, it never hurts to pay attention to a few things before doing ear piercing on babies
Many parents get their baby girl ears pierced a few days after she is born. Newborn ear piercing may be done for cultural reasons, as a differentiator between boys and girls, or to beautify the little one.
Benefits of Ear Piercing as a Baby
Some people may not have the heart to pierce babies, especially newborns. However, there are also benefits of ear piercing in babies from a medical point of view.
Ears that are pierced at an early age will definitely get more careful attention or care. Parents will certainly try to make sure the baby's ears are not infected.
In addition, the younger the child, the less chance of scar tissue or keloids appearing on the pierced ear. According to an article from the Journal of Pediatrics, keloids, or thickened scars, are more common in pierced children's ears when they are over 11 years old.
So if you or your partner's family have a history of keloids, experts advise against piercing, or piercing your child as a baby. Keloids can be difficult to treat, often requiring injections and surgery to remove them.
Things to Pay Attention to
If you want to do ear piercing on your newborn baby, it is recommended to pay attention to the following things:
There are various opinions regarding baby ear piercing. Unlike in Asia and Latin America, baby piercing has not become a culture and custom in America.
That's why the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends getting an ear piercing done when your child is old enough to take care of the piercing himself. Another opinion suggests that ear piercing is done as a baby, but it is necessary to wait until he reaches 3-4 months of age.
No matter what the age of the child, ear piercing has its risks. However, the risk can be minimized by careful ear piercing, and proper wound care and cleaning.
Performed by professionals
Ear piercing on babies should not be done by just anyone. This action is recommended to be done by a doctor. The doctor will use a sterile piercing tool made of hypoallergenic surgical steel.
To do ear piercing, it is recommended to use a piercing needle made of gold, silver, platinum, titanium, or stainless steel. These ingredients can minimize the risk of infection, rash, and allergies.
Avoid metals containing nickel and cob alt, because metals with a mixture of these two materials often cause allergies.
Choose earrings that are round, small, flat, and not sharp. The earring cover must also cover the entire back of the earring.
In addition, it is not recommended to put dangling earrings on babies, because babies can pull the earrings off and hurt themselves, or put them in their mouth and choke.
Hoops that are too large can also get caught in adult clothing, jewelry and hair, or other children may pull on them.
Even though it is done in just seconds, the baby will definitely feel pain if the ear piercing is done without anesthesia (anaesthesia). Therefore, you can ask the doctor if the baby's ear skin can be anesthetized before the piercing is done.
You should wait until your little one receives the tetanus vaccine (DPT) before getting their ears pierced. Tetanus infection is actually rare and the risk of getting tetanus from an ear piercing is actually small. However, it is not wrong to prevent tetanus infection through vaccination.
Caring for Pierced Baby Ears
After your baby's ears are pierced, do not remove the earrings for six weeks or until the wound is dry. Apply rubbing alcohol or a doctor-recommended cleaning solution around the earlobe twice a day, and twist the earring at least once a day.
Every child after bathing, dry the area around the piercing so it doesn't get damp. After six weeks, the piercing will usually dry out and you can change your child's earring to prevent the hole from closing.
If after ear piercing there are symptoms of infection, allergies, bleeding, pus, and inflamed ears, or if the ear is torn because the earring is detached, immediately consult a doctor or take him to the nearest hospital.
Ear piercing in babies is not prohibited, but don't forget to pay attention to safety and cleanliness. In addition, baby ear piercing should be done by a doctor or midwife to minimize the risk of infection or other complications.