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Ear Piercing

If your child or you are especially nervous about the piercing process or you suspect there might be other complications, you might want to have the ear piercing done by a pediatrician's office. Our nursing staff at Pediatric Health Care at Newton-Wellesley is skilled at piercing and using the Inverness system.

 

Ear Piercing Fees:

Non-patients.............................$80.00

Patients of the Practice.............$60.00

 

FAQ:

 Can we personalize the earings?

Yes!  We always have all birthstones with 24k plating in stock, but you can select (with advanced notice) diamond clusters, cubic zirconia with 14 yellow or white gold, simulated pearls, a selection of themed earrings or titanium with colored bezels.

Is it possible to bring our own purchased earrings to have them put in our child's ears?

Our system uses preloaded sterile earrings to pierce the ears, however, the earrings will eventually be able to be replaced after the ears heal.  

What age is best?

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, ear piercing in children should be postponed until the child can properly fight off potential infection and take care of the area themselves; usually 7 or 8 years old. If you prefer not to wait that long, we would recommend waiting until after 4 months to make sure your baby’s ear lobes are developed and they have received their first two tetanus vaccines.  

How to you ensure the holes are symmetric?

Nobody has perfectly symmetrical earlobes, so when placing dots we take accurate measurements, but also look to make sure the holes are visually symmetric or look good.  We tell parents that we can hit the dot exactly, so we want them to make sure they like the position of the dots before we go ahead and pierce.

Other factors to consider:

Make sure your child does not have soccer, karate or another sport where they have to remove piercing studs for at least 2 months or holes will close.  Also, it’s best to avoid hanging or heavy earrings for at least 6 months after a new piercing as it can pull on the hole and create a larger or elongated hole.

How long should you wait before changing earrings?

The ideal time to leave in piercing studs is 2 – 6 months because piercing studs are a bit thicker and over time the holes contract.  If piercing studs are left in place too long, you may end up with a larger hole.  For infants, we like to wait 3 months, but older children and teens can switch out their earrings after 2 months.