Are you thinking of having your child’s ears pierced but want to ensure a safe and professional outcome? Pediatric ear piercing is one of many services available from Maureen Cooney, DO, at Nyack Pediatrics. By entrusting Dr. Cooney with this task, parents can rest assured that the experience will be a positive one. Call the Nyack, New York, office today or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.
You have a wide range of choices when it comes to having your child’s ears pierced. Many jewelry stores offer this service, and there are even tattoo and piercing parlors that will work with children.
For many parents, however, having this service performed by a medical professional is important.
Dr. Cooney has extensive experience in pediatric ear piercing. She understands how critical it is to perform the procedure using sterile tools and in a clean environment.
When you have a piercing done at the mall, you’re rolling the dice when it comes to the cleanliness of the instruments and the training or experience of the employees.
Choosing your child’s first pair of earrings is a big step. Not only do you want to select a style your child will like, but it’s also important to find a pair that is well-made.
Many people are allergic or sensitive to nickel, so choosing earrings that are nickel-free avoids this risk. There are options made of gold or titanium that come in a wide range of styles.
Dr. Cooney goes to great lengths to make the experience as positive as possible. A topical anesthetic can help reduce sensation in the earlobes. This approach makes the sensation similar to a quick pinch and sting, similar to the experience of getting a vaccination.
Most kids are so excited about having their ears pierced they aren’t significantly bothered by the discomfort. Dr. Cooney works quickly to complete the process, leaving more time for your child to admire the results rather than worrying about whether the piercing will hurt.
Once your child’s earlobes are pierced, you’ll receive your aftercare instructions. If your child is old enough to participate in the process, Dr. Cooney will include them in the discussion.
Routine cleaning with soap and water or a sterile saline solution is all that’s needed to keep the area clean and reduce the risk of infection.
Don’t use rubbing alcohol or any other solution, and don’t turn or twist the earrings as the healing process moves forward. Keep an eye out for any signs of infection, and contact Dr. Cooney right away if you have cause for concern.
When you’re ready to move forward with pediatric earlobe piercing, schedule an appointment online or by phone.