How To Pierce Baby Ears At Home
Ear piercing is a popular form of body art. Today, children, from infants to teenagers, have their ears pierced. Performing the process at home is a cheaper and more comfortable alternative to having it done at a salon or jewelry store. Following some basic tips will ensure that the process goes safely.
What You’ll Need
- Earring studs or hoops
- Cleaning solution and sterile swabs
- Ice or cold pack
- Forceps or hemostat
- Sharp needle
- Cotton balls or paper towel
- Clean the area making sure to remove any dirt or makeup. Then, soak a cotton swab in the solution and place it on the ear lobe for thirty seconds.
- Apply the cold pack to numb the area and reduce bleeding. Put a piece of tissue to protect the area and set aside.
- Grasp the ear lobe firmly with the forceps or hemostat. Insert the needle at a 45-degree angle. Do this quickly, and do not push the needle too deep into the skin.
- Remove the hemostat but keep holding the ear lobe with fingers. Place the piece of jewelry of your choice, such as a, hoop or stud.
- Put a cotton ball between the ear lobe and the jewelry, so that it is in contact only with the tissue. Secure with a Band Aid.
- Repeat the same steps for the other ear.
Risks and Precautions
Make sure to keep the needle and the jewelry clear of dirt and other particles. If the baby is younger than four months old, it is best to avoid piercing the ears as the baby’s immune system may be too underdeveloped to cope with the infection.
Finally, the risk of trauma and post piercing problem increases if each step is not taken with care. Following these simple steps will save a lot of time and money.