Pierced ears can lead to a lot of health risks for young girls.
For a lot of little girls, getting pierced ears is a rite of passage that they just can't wait to experience. However, as a parent, it's important to make sure she can handle the responsibility of caring for a piercing. While ear piercings are routine, there are still plenty of risks involved, and they are more likely to occur if your daughter is young. Here are some that you should consider before deciding on pierced ears:
Without proper care, an ear piercing can quickly become a nightmare.
Infections are the leading risk of any piercing. Without proper care, an ear piercing can quickly become a nightmare. All parents know how difficult it is to tell their child not to touch something, and that kind of touching is exactly what leads healthy piercings to become infected, which occurs in 24 percent of all ear piercings, according to John Hopkins Children's Center.
Jenny Murase, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at University of California San Francisco told Parents magazine that if a child experiences redness, swelling, drainage, pain, itching or tenderness at the site of the piercing, it's indication to immediately contact a doctor.
Because this is probably your child's first experience with a piercing, you might not know how she will react to certain metals. Nickel or cobalt, two metals commonly found in earrings, are common allergies. Even materials like white gold can contain nickel that can cause an allergic reaction. Kids can be sensitive to other types of metals as well.
A piercing can also lead to permanent scars known as keloids, which is an overgrowth of scar tissue that leads to a lesion on the skin. One 2005 study found that 80 percent of patients who were pierced at age 11 or older formed a keloid. Certain kids can be more prone to forming keloids than others due to their personal or family history. The researchers from the 2005 study recommend that those children avoid any kind of piercing.
Young earlobes may be especially prone to tearing from dangling or heavy earrings. While these earrings look pretty, and are probably the ones your daughter is most excited about wearing, earlobe tearing usually takes some form of surgical procedure to repair.
Luckily, there is a way your daughter can have this experience without the health risks. Childrens clip on earrings are a great transitional accessory until she's ready to make a responsible decision about piercings.
Ear piercings can lead to a few different complications for young girls