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Ear Piercing Healing

my 8yo daughter has had her ears pierced for a couple of months now. they are trying really hard to close up, so much so that when we take her earrings out, they are really hard to get back in, causing a lot of pain. there are palpable lumps in the holes. one ear had a little blood when we took out the post. the other side just had some old skin. she's almost to the point of abandoning earrings altogether. she's only been wearing the surgical steel earrings. i had a lot of trouble when i got my ears pierced. turns out i am allergic to cheap metals but aside from that, i also got some cysts in my ears. *sigh* perhaps that is what my daughter has.

any advice?

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ok i looked it up and she got her ears pierced on may 1st, so it's been over 5 months. the instructions said to leave the posts in for 4 to 6 weeks so we thought it was ok to remove after that.

What can I do next?

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Let her wear a pair of inexpensive gold posts and see if that helps. I also react to costume jewelry metals but haven't had a problem with nice metals.

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Let her wear a pair of inexpensive gold posts and see if that helps. I also react to costume jewelry metals but haven't had a problem with nice metals.

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Sounds like she is sensitive. I would go to Nomad in Portland, OR for an evaluation and some reasonably priced surgical steel earrings. He is a professional body piercer who specializes in piercing children's ears. He pierced my daughters' ears when they were 5 months for the first one and 6 months for the second one). Both girls never had any pain or problems and they healed up beautifully right away. They are both very sensitive to metals just like I am, so I was relieved we went this route instead of to the mall.

Another option is to go to a jeweler and purchase sterling silver or 14kt gold earring for children with the screw back. This will make the earrings comfortable to wear day and night and they won't fall out. The back is rounded so it won't poke or irritate the skin behind the ears. Leave them in for several months to a year, treat with a gentle antiseptic (there is actually a piercing anticeptic that won't dry out the skin and keep it healthy) and twist daily to start to avoid having the skin heal onto the earring (not necessary with the surgical steel hoops) and then drop off to weekly after it seems like they are healing well.

Removing the earring and inserting them again or putting new ones invites infection from bacteria being introduced. This can cause deformation, lack of healing, irritation and more. So please either leave them in or leave them out until they are fully healed.

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i was having problems with my daughter's too until a few weeks ago (3rd try for earrings). i finally got fed up with it, and took her ear rings out, and used peroxide on both sides of both ears, ran the post throught the peroxide, and the back of the ear ring on it, put the post in neosporin then back in her ear and neosporin on the ear ring back and saw improvment in just a few days. she's almost healed up (2 weeks). that's how we clean her ears each time...take the post completely out to clean...probably can't do that on bran new piercings

a lot of mom's and cosmo's will advise not to use peroxide because it kills good and bad cells creating scaring, but it's worked for me (i just threw away the ear care solution they gave me)

will have to keep using the peroxide for a while, but it's not getting infected an the "ball" in her piercing are going away

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You're not supposed to take them out for several months after you get them done at that age (at least that is what the lady told us). Just clean them twice a day, turn them and she will be good to go.

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Make sure her earrings are really, really high quality. She may be allergic to one metal, so you might have to try several: gold, sterling silver, platinum, surgical steel?

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My daughter is coming up on 5 months with hers... and we still make sure a pair is ALWAYS in her ears. As soon as one pair comes out, another goes in, even if her ears are bothering her. It turns out that even surgical steel isn't enough for her. I bought her sterling silver earrings, and one pair with 24K gold on sterling silver... and her ears are finally happy.

Sterling silver is more expensive (three pairs cost me around $30), but it's worth it, especially if she is comfy. Are you still using some sort of antiseptic on her ears when they don't feel great? I still do with my daughter (and with myself, if my ears bother me).

It's likely that she inherited your resistance, but it may be more pronounced in her because she is younger. I can't say it's likely to go away, but there are certainly ways to make sure she can still wear earrings, if that's what she likes.

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I agree with the allergy. Also, make sure that they are twirled multiple times a day. You may want to call the ped to see if they have any suggestions, or a tattoo parlor.

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my daughter is having the same issue, we got hers done in feb..gold..........took them out for a week and had to repierce them a bit, now they hurt.

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I've been having the same problem for the last 30 years or so.... What works for me is a high quality gold ear-rings and only the type that the ear-ring is free to move around, the ones that look like hooks with a lock. Cleaning with rubbibg alcohol and the antibiotic cream are the answers when they get infected and the rest is the gold quality. Hope I was helpful.

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My daughter had her ears pierced at Claire's in August. We used the cleaning solution like they recommended 3 times a day. Everything was fine for the first couple of weeks. Then at the week 3 mark, one of her ears started to swell, turn red, and have some drainage. We took her to the doctor who said that it wasn't infected, but she added a step to taking care of her ears.

The doctor told us to clean the ears as we had been doing with the Claire's solution. Then use a qtip to put neosporin on the earlobe behind the earring front and in front of the backing. And turn the earrings. (This was all done with the earring left in the ear.) Also make sure that you use separate cotton balls and qtips for each ear. We did this 3 times a day for a week and the ear was back to normal.

Also, make sure the backing is in the correct position on the post. My daughter's ears started getting irritated recently and I noticed that the backing was pushed in too far. Once I fixed the backing, her ear was better real quick.

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Buy gold earring and leave them in for a year. If you take them out all the time the ears close up. Get earrings with a loop not studs. I had my ears pierced at 15 and had endless infections until I realized leaving them in all the time was the right thing to do.
My children only had trouble with ear piercing if they were allergic to the metal.

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I remember when I first got my second ear piercings, they were the same way. They would never heal completely and frequently got infected. Finally I just took the earrings out and gave up. It took no time at all for the holes to completely close.

Fast forward a couple of years. I decided to have them pierced again. This time there were no problems; everything seemed to heal correctly from the beginning. After a while I got to where I just never bothered to put on earrings for over a year. Then when I started wearing them again, it was no problem to get earrings in the holes, and again no issues with infection or anything else.

I think that sometimes the person doing the piercing may crease the ear, or hold it funny, or somehow the piercing is not aligned completely straight, causing problems later for the piercee. Maybe you should let her ears heal closed and then have them pierced again.

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If she has only had a ears pierced for " a couple of months" then you should not be removing them. You should leave them in for at least 6 mo - keep cleaning them and turning them. When I had my daughters pierced at age 6, I left them in for a whole year straight before changing them.

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