We highly recommend earrings made using precious metals with a higher gold content, specifically 18k or 14k gold earrings for a baby or rhodium-plated high-quality sterling silver earrings. Your baby’s ears are sensitive, and only premium quality earrings should be used.
Likewise, people ask, what metal is best for infant ear piercing?
Considering this, what earrings can you pierce a baby’s ear with?
The AAP recommends using gold post earrings that are small, round, and as flat as possible for your baby’s first piercing. While 14 karat (or higher) gold post earrings are more expensive than cheaper mixed-metal options that may contain nickel, they pose the least risk of causing an allergic reaction.
Where is the safest place to get ears pierced?
Any piercing, no matter who administers it, is a risk. Shopping mall kiosks are generally safe places to get your ears pierced, but it’s still a risk. You can schedule an appointment to have your ears pierced by a dermatologist or other healthcare professional.
Ear Piercing For Kids: Safety Tips From a Pediatrician
- Avoid newborn piercings. …
- Make sure sterile procedures are in place. …
- Choose the right metals. …
- Stay on top of your new piercings. …
- Keep your earrings in for at least six weeks. …
- Watch out for signs of infection.
To pierce or not to pierce a baby’s ears — like so many other aesthetic decisions — is firmly a parent’s prerogative. In a reaction piece, a blogger at CafeMom penned “Parents Who Pierce Their Baby’s Ears Are Just Plain Cruel,” agreeing with the letter writer that piercing a baby’s ears is “vain and unnecessary.”
No, it is not. 10K gold is gold plated, gold-filled, or vermeil jewelry, which is not ideal for sensitive ear piercings. All of these feature a layer of gold coating on a base metal.
Arguably, titanium is more biocompatible than gold. But, we aren’t implanting things inside your heart- its a body piercing. And most piercers are going to be using titanium posts anyway for the piece that actually passes through the piercing, so just the front or decorative end will be gold in many cases.
Use a cotton swab (Q-tip) with salt water to clean the area around the hole twice a day. Some recommend using hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol, or antibiotic ointment but salt water disinfects and is less damaging to the skin tissue.
Many pediatricians offer pediatric ear piercing as a regular service. Your insurance won’t cover ear piercing, but the fee is usually minimal and will include the earrings and the piercing itself.
Yes, ear piercing is painful for your baby. You may choose a piercing gun or needle for piercing your baby’s ears, but both these methods will cause pain to your baby. The pain from the needle will be more like getting an injection; however, the piercing gun will feel like a stapler pin going through the skin.
Piercing your baby’s ears at birth
In the United States, it’s not the usual practice to pierce a newborn’s ears in the hospital. … If you want to spare your newborn that pain, ask the doctor whether a little bit of topical anesthesia can be applied to the lobe before the piercing.