Ear Piercing Aftercare
Expected healing time for an earlobe piercing is 6 weeks. Parents should follow the aftercare instructions provided at the time of their baby’s piercing and remember the following: Always wash your hands before touching your baby’s ears or starter earrings.
Beside this, how can I make my ear piercing heal faster?
USE WARM SEA SALT WATER (SALINE) SOAKS – MORNING AND EVENING
Soaking your piercing with a warm, mild sea salt water solution will not only feel good, it will also help prevent infection, reduce the risk of scarring, and speed the healing of your piercing.
Hereof, how can I make my baby’s ear piercing less painful?
Oral stimulation is an important part of child development and can help with calming a baby! Babies have unique preferences, so encouraging whatever they prefer is ideal for reducing pain during the piercing. An older infant might enjoy a snack, while a younger infant may prefer a pacifier.
How do I clean my baby’s ear after piercing?
If your baby has any of these signs of infection, use a simple saline solution to clean the piercing. Avoid using rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide on your baby’s sensitive ears. Continue to keep the piercing site clean, and turn the earring, too.
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.
If you have a new ear piercing, a thinner travel pillow works great to keep pressure off while you’re sleeping. If you don’t have a travel pillow you can roll a clean cotton T-shirt or sheet up and place it around the ear so that when you lay on your side, there’s no direct pressure on your ear.
It’s normal to have some redness, swelling or pain for a couple of days after getting your ears pierced. But your ears should look and feel better each day. If you find that your ears do great and then suddenly start to become red, inflamed or crusty a week or two later, that’s usually a sign of infection.
Apply a warm compress or do a sea salt soak
A warm compress can help the infection drain and relieve pain and swelling. Soaking the infection in a warm salt solution can also help the infection heal.
Ask your doctor to prescribe a topical numbing cream with lidocaine derivatives that can help anesthetize the earlobes. Layer a thick coat of the cream onto the lobes 30 to 60 minutes before the piercing. Experts also say that applying ice 15 to 30 minutes before the piercing might help numb the pain receptors.
After cleaning, apply an antibiotic ointment to the earring post and the earlobe holes. Examples are Polysporin or Bacitracin. No prescription is needed. You can also use one you already have.
Piercing your baby’s ears at birth
Even though the piercing is over in a matter of seconds, it’s painful because it’s done without anesthesia. 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.