Getting your daughter’s ears pierced for the first time can be exciting and nerve-racking at the same time. While ear piercing is a relatively simple process, there are still some considerations to keep in mind when it comes time to get the job done the first time.
Keep reading to learn more about everything from finding a reputable shop to encouraging the importance of cleanliness.
1. Go to a Reputable Shop
While outlet malls and piercing shops may seem like the best option, the truth is, these establishments usually don’t come close to the level of sanitation you’ll find in a tattoo/piercing parlor.
Not to mention, most shops and malls use a piercing gun, which is actually quite dangerous to use. Not only can they cause a serious infection, but they don’t create as clean a hole as a piercing needle; causing even more issues down the road.
When it comes time for your daughter to get her first piercing, the best thing you can do for her safety and comfort is to go to a reputable tattoo/piercing shop and have it done with a needle.
Even if it ends up costing more than the outlet mall, it’s well worth it for the sake of your daughter’s health. This will also help ensure that jewelry fits more comfortably and that she isn’t being exposed to other peoples’ germs. Piercing guns are incredibly difficult to sterilize properly!
2. Don’t Tell Her it Won’t Hurt
The fact is, piercing is going to hurt a little with a piercing needle, so it’s important not to try to lie about the pain level. It’s certainly not the most intense pain ever, but it’s going to hurt, so ensuring your daughter knows what to expect will help better prepare her to face the pain without (too much of) a meltdown.
You can probably expect some tears, but the process is usually quick and simple. Let her know that even though it’s going to hurt, it’s a very quick, minor pain. Don’t try to play it off like it won’t hurt at all, as surprises such as this are usually more upsetting for the child than if you just come clean.
This is another reason to use a needle instead of a gun. Needles are usually far less painful than a gun since needles are much sharper and will pass through the skin with ease.
3. Use Nickel-Free Jewelry
It’s a good idea to purchase high-quality jewelry for your daughter’s first piercing, so she doesn’t have a bad reaction. The cheaper the jewelry, the more likely it is to contain filler metals like nickel, which can cause a significant reaction and actually make having a piercing undesirable. Nickel-free jewelry is available online individually or in an earring subscription box.
You can also opt for alternative materials like acrylic, stone, titanium or tungsten, or even surgical steel. These materials are either entirely nickel-free or contain only trace amounts of the allergenic metal. Acrylic earrings are a great option because they will never tarnish!
4. Encourage the Importance of Cleanliness
One of the most important things to explain to your daughter pre and post-ear piercing is the importance of cleanliness. Keeping earrings and the ear clean is the best way to avoid dangerous infections and complications with the piercing. Be sure you encourage your daughter to wash both regularly with warm soapy water, (or jewelry cleaner for certain metals).
You can also use sea salt soaks to help keep the piercing clean; as long as you’re cleaning the jewelry and piercing site regularly, you should be able to avoid infections and help your daughter’s piercing heal faster.
5. Let Her Pick Her First Earrings
Ultimately, getting your ears pierced is an expression of oneself, so it’s important to let your daughter choose her first set of earrings. Pick out a few sets of nickel-free earrings that she can look at and let her decide which ones best fit her style. This can help mitigate the anxiety and nervousness she may feel prior to the piercing process.
Be sure you’re letting her choose from high-quality jewelry sources like an earring subscription box or jewelry that explicitly says “nickel-free”. While hypoallergenic jewelry is usually an option, it’s not always completely nickel-free and may still cause a reaction.
To play it safe, just choose nickel-free jewelry every time.
Getting your daughter’s ears pierced can be a great experience for both of you, as long as you’re taking the proper precautions and explaining to your daughter honestly what is going to happen.
Don’t forget that in order to get the safest and most clean piercing, you’ll want to take your daughter to a piercing shop rather than a mall outlet or tween/teen jewelry store.