I can still remember asking my mom if I could get my ears pierced and how cool I felt the day after I did it. It wasn’t much of a hard sell. I was, after all, a big girl now. I picked out all of my outfits each day for school, and I already loved anything sparkly. So, my mother thought I was mature enough to get my ears pierced.
At the ripe age of six years old, my mom and I hit the road to get my ears pierced. Although I don’t remember the sound of the guns poking holes in my ears simultaneously, I do remember looking at myself for the first time with those turquoise-jeweled studs. Wow, did I look good!
What Is the Best Age For Piercing A Child’s Ears?
For me, and I suppose my mother as well, having my ears pierced at six was the best ear piercing age for kids. I was able to make my own decision about piercing. It gave me a sense of independence. However, it also meant that I was mature enough to take care of my healing ears. Cleansing the holes was a lot of responsibility. On the other hand, my little sister didn’t have her ears pierced until she was 16 years old. Each kid is different.
However, if it is a common practice in your family to pierce a child’s ears at an earlier age, that’s OK too. You can pierce a baby’s ears as early as the first few days after birth, as is customary in certain cultures.
The Best Place to Get A Child’s Ears Pierced
When I got my ears pierced, my mother took me to the hair salon. She was confident that they would have clean tools and a cute little selection of earrings from which to choose. Going to a trusted hair salon can be a good option, especially when you already know the people and their standards for cleanliness. Another place you can go is to a mall boutique. This option is the most budget-friendly, just be sure they sterilize the gun(s) in front of you before using them. You also need to be sure that the person is trained and will make your piercings even on both sides.
It’s safest to have the procedure performed by a nurse or doctor right in the hospital. You can ask your dermatologist, your family doctor, or close friends to recommend a nurse or medical professional whom they know and trust. This way, you can be sure that the process will be safe, clean, and quick. Now, all you’ll need is one last thing, the earrings!
Choose Hypoallergenic Earrings
Ahh, the earrings, the best part! Your child will need to wear that first pair of earrings for a good six weeks to allow for adequate healing. They (or you) will be cleaning their ears twice a day with rubbing a disinfectant to fend off any potential infection. Their skin will be open and easily irritated which is why it’s critical to buy only hypoallergenic earrings for kids. Estimates say that approximately 11 million children are allergic to nickel in the US, so opting for medical-grade earrings will protect your children from any unnecessary pain or infection.
Where to Buy Medical Plastic and Titanium Earrings For Kids
Hypoallergenic earrings are easy to find and buy. You can get them at various boutiques, but the easiest way is to order direct from Blomdahl USA. You can find some great options for your child at any age. Medical-grade plastic earrings come in studs, dangles, and even pendant earrings.
With Blomdahl, all of our options are hypoallergenic and made with medical-grade plastic or titanium. Shopping for the first pair of earrings for kids should be an exciting process. Keep these tips in mind and have fun!