|Posted on July 16, 2010 at 11:17 PM|
Ear piercing ,nose piercing and for that matter piercing of any part of the body has to be done with the utmost care and sterile precaution.
Traditional practise in India was to get the family jeweller to pierce the baby's ear amidst much fanfare and celebration.Nowadays with awareness of the risks involved people are gravitating towards more scientific and safer approaches in ear piercing and nose piercing.
How do I decide where, when and how to do a ear piercing?
Since getting your or your child's ear pierced is something which is undertaken after much deliberation and thought it is nice to have some inside knowledge about the trends, methods and risks involved in such a procedure.
When should an ear piercing be done?
Here are some key points to guide you when to have an ear piercing done.
Where should an ear piercing be done?
Even nowadays I see ear piercing being done on the streets [even in the streets of Bangalore our Hitech City !] in India.
Ideally it should be done in the aseptic and clean environs of a doctor's procedure room by a qualified medical personnel who is well versed in the techniques of disinfection and sterile techniques.
Doctors recommendation is to get your ear pierced by a qualified doctor.
Which speciality doctor should do the ear piercing?
ENT Surgeons are most experienced in this respect and the obvious answer is to have your or your child's ears pierced by the ENT Doctor
However some pediatricians are experienced in this respect and if your regular Pediatrician does ear piercing on a routine basis there is no harm in having your childs ears pierced by him or her
Tradition plays a big role especially in a tradtional culture such as the Indian one- your grandmother may recommend the famliy jeweller but before humouring her do give careful consideration to the risks you are putting your child into.
We do not recommend ear piercing in
Many ear piercings done in beauty parlours,jewellery shops go without complications but a good % do end up in the ENT doctor's consultation room subsequently with infection as a result of ear piercing in such a set up.
How is ear piercing done ?
There are 2 main methods of ear piercing
Various types of gun shot body piercing devices are available. Pediatric as well as adult attachments and a variety of ear studs choices are available.
You do not have to bring the ear rings from home as sterile specially designed ear rings are used in the ear piercing.Your ENT Doctor will show you a selection of earrings and you may choose the one to your liking.Dr Sonia recommends that if your child is old enough to allow her to choose the ear ring or nose ring as it gives the child a lot of happiness!
A local anaesthetic cream may have been prescribed by Dr Sonia for application some time before th procedure for a completely painless ear piercing.
The ear piercing site is decided upon in consultation with the ENT Doctor
The area to be pierced is disinfected
A local anaesthetic spray is used to anaesthetise to skin
Your child may be comfortable seated on your lap.
Young children and babies are held immobile to ensure acurate positioning of the ear ring
The Gun shot device is loaded with the ear ring by the Doctor
Ear piercing is done in a fraction of a second in a precise, controlled ,aseptic and painless manner
What other points should I know about ear piercing?
What should I do to have my Baby's or child's ear pierced?
In addition to the above discussio,n additional points once you have set a date for the ear piercing:-
Can my child or myself wear our own ear rings?
Yes you can wear your own ear rings 2 weeks after the ear piercing. It is preferable to wear a gold ear ring if this is a first time ear piercing so as to ensure no metal allergic reaction occurs.
What are the precautions after ear piercing?
Do not use dettol or strong detergents to clean the ears
Gently apply the medicated ointment prescribed by Dr Sonia as advised
Rotate the earring every day as instructed by Dr Sonia
Change to a normal, preferably gold ear ring after 2 weeks
Changing is easy and can be done after 2 weeks.In young babies you may change the ear ring when the baby is sleeping to make is easier and quicker.
The ear ring used should be clean and changed with clean hands.
Do not remove the ear ring and leave the hole open before 2 weeks as there is chance that the hole can close up.
Do not use broom sticks or other sticks in the ear ring hole.
Contact Dr Sonia in case of any doubt or clarification