• Ear piercing is done in kids especially for a girl child for cosmetic and cultural reasons
  • Some have the piercing done before 1 year of age while others do it later on as per cultural beliefs
  • It is a procedure which is relatively safe with minimal risk of infection which can be prevented if done under sterile conditions
  • The child can feel a pinch and sting as he/ she would feel with the needle of vaccinations
    • Ideally choose a medical center to get the piercing done by a professional
    • Ensure the piercing gun and studs are well sterilized
    • The studs should ideally be of surgical steel or 14/18 k gold and not contain nickel which is know to cause allergies in some cases
    • You can give the child a dose of paracetamol before the procedure or soon after for pain relief
    • The doctor may prescribe an antibiotic cream to apply to the piercing for a few days
  • The ear studs should not be changed for six weeks until it completely heals
  • Comb the child hair back so that it does not get caught and pull at the ear studs
  • Distract the baby if trying to tug at the ear studs
  • Keep the pierced area dry and clean using appropriate measures during and after bath
  • Always wash your hands before touching the ears and rotate the earring every few days
  • Watch out for signs of infection which can include
  • Redness of the ear lobes
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Foul smelling discharge
  • Fever
  • If you see any of these signs take your child to the doctor for medical treatment