When it is time for your little one to get their ears pierced, it’s comforting to know that the process is as gentle and safe as possible. Ameen Alshareef, MD, and Luana Self, NP, of Valley Pediatric Health offer ear piercing for infants and children, from the comfort of their office in El Centro, California. To schedule an appointment with Valley Pediatric Health, call or book online today.
Ear piercing is a simple, safe process that creates a small hole in the outer part of your child’s ear so they can wear earrings. For most children, once the piercing heals, the opening is permanent.
Your provider places ear piercings in the soft area of your child’s ear lobe or the upper, harder tissue near the top of their ear. The location of your child’s ear piercing depends on your preference.
Valley Pediatric Health offers ear piercing for infants older than four months through young adults. Your provider may require that your child is up-to-date on their immunizations before piercing their ears.
Many parents opt to wait until their child is old enough to care for their piercings before allowing them to go through the process. You may choose to use ear piercing as a rite of passage, allowing the child to decide the right time.
Because new ear piercings do require some care and treatment, it is important that whatever the age of your child, you assist them in avoiding infection and ensure proper healing. Valley Pediatric Health helps educate you and them on appropriate care of their new piercing.
Ear piercing is a simple, quick procedure that takes less than 10 minutes. If you choose to have both ears pierced, two providers may work together to do both piercings at once.
Your provider cleans their hands, applies gloves, and cleans the piercing site with alcohol. They mark the location of the piercing with a marker, so you can approve before they create the opening. They use sterile equipment that quickly punctures the tissue and inserts the earring you choose.
Your child experiences a brief, mild pinch that most children tolerate well. They may have some mild tenderness at the site the day of the procedure, but this shouldn’t last long. Your provider gives home instructions to you and your child if they are old enough to understand.
Ear piercings take about six weeks to heal completely. While healing, you should clean the site twice a day with rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to prevent infection.
Don’t remove the earring, as it must remain in place until the tissue is healed to create a permanent opening. You or your child should rotate the earring at least once a day, to prevent tissue growth around the post of the earring.
After six weeks, you should clean the site and earrings whenever you remove them to keep the site clean and healthy. Ideally, during the first year, your child shouldn’t go without earrings for an extended time to ensure total healing and a permanent opening.
To schedule ear piercing for your little one, call or schedule an appointment online with Valley Pediatric Health today.