Ear Piercing Specialist

Westchester Park Pediatrics

Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine located in Purchase, NY

Children look adorable with their ears pierced, but taking a small child to the mall for ear piercing is not a good idea. If you’d like to get your child’s ears pierced, schedule an appointment with the experienced medical team at Westchester Park Pediatrics in Purchase, New York, to ensure a sterile environment with proper preparation and aftercare. Use the convenient online booking tool or call the practice today.

Ear Piercing Q & A

When can I get my child’s ears pierced?

The medical team at Westchester Park Pediatrics provides ear piercing for babies who have received their first set of immunizations, starting at as young as two months of age. It is not recommended to pierce ears on babies younger than two months due to the increased risk of infection and hospitalization.

Grade-school children may be more at risk for infections than infants due to their tendency to touch bacteria-laden surfaces at school or at home, and then touch their ears. Piercing your child’s ears when they’re a baby allows you to manage the risk of infection.

What is BlomdahlⓇ medical ear piercing?

Westchester Park Pediatrics uses the Blomdahl medical ear piercing method to ensure the piercing is hygienic and safe for your child. The Blomdahl method is only available to licensed medical professionals. 

The jewelry and methods that are used reduce the risk of infections during piercing, and include medical-grade plastic or titanium piercing earrings that help your child avoid contact allergies. Blomdahl piercing earrings have longer posts with the earring backs fixed at the tip of the posts to provide improved air circulation that facilitates healing.

How do I care for my child’s pierced ears?

After ear piercing, your doctor provides a thorough aftercare plan to avoid the risk of infection at the piercing site. 

Caring for your child’s ear piercing includes doing the following:

  • Keep earrings in for six weeks to allow healing
  • Wear studs until the child is old enough not to pull on earrings
  • Avoid touching the piercing except during cleaning
  • Wash your hands before cleaning the piercing
  • Clean ear piercings two or three times a day
  • Check that the earring back is on securely during cleaning
  • Rotate earring post gently during cleaning
  • Avoid hot tubs, pools, and natural bodies of water or clean ears immediately afterward

If your child’s ears itch, look red, are sensitive to the touch, or have discharge, schedule an appointment with Westchester Park Pediatrics right away. These are signs of infection and need attention. Use the online booking tool or call the practice to schedule an appointment.