Ear Piercing Specialist

Smita Tandon, MD

Pediatricians located in Fountain Valley, CA

To ensure your child’s health and prevent the risk of infection, Smita Tandon, MD, offers medical in-office ear piercing services at her Fountain Valley, California, pediatric practice. Dr. Tandon and her team provide a sterile, hygienic environment for ear piercings for newborns, infants, and young children. Learn more about the benefits of medical ear piercing by calling the office or book a consultation online today.

Ear Piercing

Why should I choose medical ear piercing?

Many people choose to have their baby’s ears pierced for cosmetic or cultural reasons. Often, parents choose tattoo parlors or retail stores to complete the procedure. However, these providers may not be as clean or as experienced as a physician, such as Dr. Tandon.

Dr. Tandon and her team ensure your child’s health is the first priority. They ensure each procedure is painless and positive for children of all ages.

What are the risks of ear piercing?

While the risks of complications are relatively low for piercing ears, Dr. Tandon can evaluate the safety of the procedure for each individual child. She can assess risk factors like:

  • Pain
  • Allergies
  • Infection
  • Scar tissue

Dr. Tandon’s treatment plans ensure that your child can tolerate the piercing procedure and the materials in the earrings. Some children have an allergic reaction to nickel and other common materials in jewelry. Dr. Tandon can help you choose a hypoallergenic alternative to these elements to prevent infection and other symptoms.

Dr. Tandon also assesses the correct positioning of the ear piercing, especially in babies and toddlers whose ear lobes are still developing. This ensures that, as your child grows, they will not need to have ears re-pierced for better positioning.

How do I take care of my child’s pierced ears?

It’s important that you follow Dr. Tandon’s instructions for ear care after a piercing. Daily cleanings with an antiseptic solution can prevent infections and other complications.

Dr. Tandon recommends leaving the earrings in place for at least six weeks before changing them. This allows the skin around the piercing time to heal. If you turn the earrings before the skin heals, you may increase the risk of scar tissue growth.

In the event your child develops an infection, it’s important to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Tandon and her team. Signs of infection include:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Drainage

Dr. Tandon can recommend an oral or topical antibiotic to clear the infection and alleviate your child’s discomfort or pain. She can also monitor your child’s healing process and recommend additional care tips to prevent the return of infection.

If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of medical ear piercing, schedule a consultation today, online or by phone.