Thinking about getting your child’s ears pierced? Here are some pointers

If your little princess is ready to trade in her clip-ons, pick hypoallergenic studs and make an appointment with her doctor.

If your child wants earrings, help him or her avoid infection and an allergic reaction.

Do it at the doc’s.

If possible, get the piercing done at your pediatrician’s office. It will be more sterile than at the mall.

Pick hypoallergenic studs.
Some kids develop an allergic reaction to metals that are used to pierce the skin. Consider choosing plastic piercing studs, which won’t cause a reaction.

Clean the piercing daily.
Wipe the area with rubbing alcohol twice a day during the first two weeks and once a day for the following six weeks, says Tanya Altmann, M.D., author of “Mommy Calls.”

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