If you’re considering getting your baby or toddler ear piercings, there are a few things you should consider.
Some tattoo parlors in Casper won’t pierce a child younger than 6 years old.
If you want to pierce the ears of your babies and toddlers, there are some possible problems, such as ear lobe growth.
Ear lobes are going to look different as an infant than at 6 years old or a teenager.
Also, some piercers don’t want to pierce babies, because they don’t want to hold a kid down, or make parents hold a kid down.
They also feel kids will be able to decide if they want a piercing when they’re a little older.
"Ultimately the parents are going to decide what's best for their kids. I'm not going to tell you what to do or what not to do with your children. I believe body modification should be a choice,” said Halley O’Donnell, a piercer at Ink Spot.
If you do want to pierce your infant or toddlers’ ears, there is one place in town that can do it: Claire’s.
Just make sure you choose a good earring.
"I do recommend the 14K gold, it's a hypoallerge
nic metal, as well as the rapid solution heals the ear in 21 days,” said Tessa Chavez, the Store Manager at Claire’s.
Also remember to clean it at least 3 times a day, and see a doctor immediately if you notice any infections.
Another thing to note is most professional piercers say it’s better to use a needle instead of a piercing gun, and Claire’s does use piercing guns.
"With a piercing gun, not only is there really no accounting for any kind of accuracy, there's absolutely zero sterilization involved,” said O’Donnell.
O’Donnell also said gun piercings are more susceptible to infection and problems healing down the road.
If you do get your infants’ or toddlers’ ears pierced, keeping up with after care and choosing good earrings can minimize those risks.