Dr. Clare offers this popular service at our office. For more information about ear piercing, please read our FAQ's below.
Ear Piercing FAQ's
What are the advantages of having your child's ears pierced at TLC?
Dr. Clare uses the Blomdahl medical ear piercing system (see blomdahlusa.com). In a medical office, you have professional care from one trained in sterile technique and wound management. Blomdahl is a sterile system where a disposable cartridge is replaced with every piercing. You have ready access to follow-up evaluation for any questions, problems, or concerns. How much does it cost? What is included? We charge $80 for the piercing, which includes the earrings and local anesthetic.
What kind of earrings are used?
The earrings are in a sterile cartridge attached to the gun. They are made of diamond-like stud with a medical plastic base. The use of medical plastic is encouraged with the initial piercing. This reduces the risk of developing nickel allergy from a metal post.
Will it hurt?
We use the local anesthetic to reduce the discomfort associated with ear piercing. We try to leave the cream on for 20-30 minutes to maximize its effect. The child can experience a pinch and stinging sensation, not unlike a vaccination. Most do not require any further pain medication.
What are the risks?
Ear piercing is a minor surgical procedure with similar risks to stitches or abscess drainage. Despite precautions, there is a small chance of infection, scarring or allergic reactions. As some people are prone to scarring, there is a small risk that a person could develop keloid (an overgrown scar) formation at the piercing site. We do ask that you sign an informed consent at the time of the procedure to verify that you have been notified of these risks.
How do I care for my child's ears afterward?
After piercing, you must clean the ear lobe with soap and water daily. Alcohol is also effective but not required. Every effort should be made to use clean hands whenever touching the ears or earrings. The initial piercing must be left in for 6 weeks before replacing.
Do you offer piercing of any body part other than the lower ear?
What age can it be done?
We start at 6 months old and over, at the discretion of Dr. Clare.
How can I find out more information?
Please call TLC Pediatrics during normal business hours to request more information or to schedule an appointment. You are not required to be a patient of TLC Pediatrics to use this service.