Piercing is the practice of putting a hole in the edge of the ear or on the earlobe so that earrings can be attached. This is usually done with the use of a piercing gun or traditionally, a needle.
Baby Earrings: Risks of Piercing
Piercing a baby’s ears depends on the parent. They can choose to have the baby’s ear pierced as early as 5 months old but they can also opt to do it later.
Before choosing baby earrings, here are some things to consider:
Piercing is safe if done correctly but if it is done in the wrong area of the ear or the tools used are not safe then it can pose a huge risk on the baby.
Complications of baby earrings or piercings include:
The baby might be allergic to some metals used in jewelry and might lead to them having allergic reactions. Allergies to nickel are the most common.
If the equipment used in the procedure was not sterile, it might lead to the baby getting infected with bloodborne diseases such as hepatitis, HIV, and tetanus.
If the wound is not properly taken care of, bacteria can enter the wound and cause it to get irritated and infected. If a baby gets a fever from the piercing, they might have to get admitted to the hospital.