How to care for pierced ears in children How to care for pierced ears in children

Piercing a baby’s ears a few days after they are born is a common practice to avoid the pain of doing it later.

Whether children get their ears pierced at this stage or later, it is important to consider the following basic preventative measures in order to avoid infection in this area. These recommendations are provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

  1. Before piercing the ears, make sure the child has received the tetanus vaccine.
  2. The recommended metals for earrings include stainless steel, white gold, titanium or platinum. They should also be small and preferably round to avoid accidents.
  3. Before handling the earring, wash your hands with soap and water.
  4. Gently clean the earlobe area with a cotton swab, moistened with a little alcohol, hydrogen peroxide or other disinfectants, and twist the earrings ideally twice a day.
  5. Do not remove the earring for a period of four to six weeks.
  6. It is normal for scabs to appear, at which point it is important to clean them more frequently, moistening the area a little then drying it well.
  7. If the area becomes red, this may be a sign of infection. Seek a healthcare professional immediately.