Useful Advice to Give to Parents Planning to Pierce a Child's Ears

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If you sell body piercing kits, some of your customers may use them to pierce their child's ears. This article will give you lots of useful information about piercing a child's ears which you can pass on to your customers.

Knowing when the time is right

Kids normally start to demand to have their ears pierced as soon as they notice that any of their friends or peers have studs in their ears. While there is no set age which is best to pierce a child's ears, it is probably best to listen to the child. If the child is old enough to understand what piercing involves and to care for their ears once they have been pierced, they there isn't any reason not to go ahead.

Reducing the amount of pain

No matter what, there is probably going to be some level of discomfort during and following the piercing of the ears. However, there are some things parents can do to reduce the level of pain experienced by the child. A pharmacy may be able to supply lidocaine cream, which will numb the ear. All the parent needs to do is to apply the cream and wait a few minutes until the flesh is anaesthetised. While the cream will help to reduce the level of pain and discomfort during the piercing itself, it is unlikely to eliminate it entirely, so a grown-up should speak to the child beforehand to reassure them.

Practising good post-piercing care

Practising good post-piercing care is perhaps the most challenging aspect of piercing a child's ears. Children are often in habit of rubbing unwashed hands over their face which could lead to the site of the piercing becoming infected. Parents should take the time to explain to the child how important it is that they keep the area clean. A couple of times a day, the parent should use a cotton bud to apply disinfectant to the area. Many home piercing kits contain instructions and the materials and liquids needed to keep a piercing site clean.

Spotting the signs of infection

Despite everyone's best efforts, there is always the possibility that the pierced skin will become infected. It is vital that parents are able to spot the signs of infection, which include the following:

  • Reddening of the skin
  • Swelling
  • Pus
  • Itching

If these signs are spotted, the child should be taken to a doctor.

To learn more about body piercing kits, you should contact your body piercing jewellery supplier.

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