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Child's Ears: To Pierce or Not to Pierce?

     Ultimately, it is the parents' decision to pierce or not to pierce a small child's ears.  However, infants and toddlers have a tendency to "explore" new things by putting them in their mouths, making earrings a potential choking hazard.  So, out of genuine concern for your child's safety, we cannot recommend earrings at all, non-pierced or pierced, for children under the age of 4.
      From an ear care perspective, non-pierced earrings are often preferable for young children above the age of 4 who are too young to properly disinfect and clean their own, recently pierced ears.  Improperly cared for ears can result in infections or scarring that may later complicate ear piercing.  So, many parents opt to delay allowing their child's ears to get pierced until they are teens, old and responsible enough to independently take care of piercings.
      Clip-on or magnetic cubic zirconia (cz) stud earrings can also be a good way for parents to "compromise" with young men, who want the look of expensive diamond studs, at a fraction of the diamond's cost and without piercing. 

Non-Pierced Earrings for Medical Reasons

[*Waiver:  The following section solely reflects customer feedback.  It is specifically NOT intended as medical advice.  A physician should be consulted before purchasing any earrings for medical reasons.]

      Non-pierced earrings can be a good option for people who develop scars from piercing (known as "keloids"), have torn earlobes or are prone to developing ear infections.
     Some people with mildly to moderately "sensitive ears" may be experiencing an allergic reaction to the nickel used in most earrings.  So, "Nickel Free" earrings may prove an affordable, comfortable alternative to wearing regular earrings.
     People who are highly sensitive to wearing common jewelry may experience a reaction to nickel and/or lead commonly used in most jewelry.  "Hypoallergenic," or jewelry specifically stated as "Nickel and Lead Free," may allow those who experience extreme sensitivity to comfortably wear jewelry again.  Hard-to-find plastic and 14k (or higher grade) Gold earrings are also nickel and lead free.  Some, but not all, people who experience reactions can also wear high grade Sterling Silver.

Keep in Mind:

  • Nickel and/or lead are used to strengthen jewelry.  Therefore, Nickel Free and Hypoallergenic earrings are more delicate than common jewelry and should be cared for accordingly.
  • Magnetic earrings contain nickel and are not recommended for people who may experience nickel and/or lead sensitivity.
  • The earring's clip mechanism must specifically be nickel free, hypoallergenic (nickel and lead free), plastic, high grade Sterling Silver or Gold (not Silver- or Gold-plate) or it may contain nickel and cause a reaction for people with ear sensitivity.

 Click here for "pressure" earrings, recommended for patients following ear surgery.

Click here for information on torn earlobe surgical repair.

 

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