Ear Piercings

Q: “I’d like to have my 2-year-old daughter’s ears pierced. Is she too young?”

A: Ear piercing for cosmetic reasons can be done at any age. The piercing procedure should be done by a doctor, nurse or experienced technician with rubbing alcohol or other disinfectants to minimize the risk of infection. Gold-post earrings should be placed in the ears until the area is healed to reduce the risk of an allergic reaction and inflammation.

Ear piercing is not without risk and is certainly painful. As your daughter is so young, it will be difficult for her to keep her hands away from the piercings, increasing the risk of infection.

Often, people pierce ears when children are older and can decide for themselves. A 2-year-old understands that it hurts but does not understand why it’s being done.

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