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Things You Should Consider Before Getting Your Baby's Ears Pierced

Updated: Mar 16, 2021

Seeing an infant’s ears pierced is not a rare sight, although not that common. Some parents prefer to get their baby girl’s ears pierced as an aesthetic procedure at an early age; as early as four months old.

Although American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states that ear piercing done at any age is safe, Mummies and Daddies who are considering getting your baby’s ears pierced should ensure the procedure is done using a sterility method, with sterilized equipment.

Babies are generally more easily exposed to bacteria than adults. Thus, parents need to take into account the actions to be taken and the aftercare treatments in case the pierced area gets infected.

What are the signs of infection?

  • Swelling

  • Oozing

  • Redness

  • Fever

What treatments should be given to your baby if they show any signs stated above?

If your precious little one shows any of those signs, please take them to your paediatrician as soon as possible. If there is redness, swelling or oozing fluids on or around the pierced area, local antibiotics for such cream or ointment will be prescribed. Depending on the severity of the infection, dressing may be needed to disinfect said area.

In addition, your baby may be admitted to hospital if they show signs of systemic symptoms like high fever where systemic antibiotics will be given.

Take note that if your child shows any of those concerning signs after a piercing procedure, do not hesitate to take them to see a paediatrician as soon as possible. Prevention is better than cure.

If your baby's ears are infected from piercing and you would like to make an appointment regarding your baby’s condition, do not hesitate to give us a call at 03-8966 1133 or click here to book an appointment with our Paediatricians.

DISCLAIMER: ANDORRA Women & Children Hospital do not provide any aesthetic procedures including piercing.

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