Every daughter’s mother loves to dress up her little angel. From beautiful frocks to matching shoes and cute little bows for her tresses, a mother puts in a lot of thought to make sure her daughter gets it perfect every time. While this thought process applies to everything that a mother does for her daughter, there may be times when certain aspects of safety might get overlooked. Especially in procedures like ear piercing, which requires a needle to be pierced through the little one’s earlobes. If this process is not done in a sterilized and safe manner, it may end up becoming a health concern for your little one. So, if you are a mother of a cute little princess and have been contemplating getting her ears pierced shortly, here are a few things to keep in mind before you do so:
Where Should You Get It Done?
As simple as it may sound, choosing where to get ear-piercing done can become quite a confusing process in itself. Quite obvious considering the number of options available – a mall kiosk, your trusted jeweler, or gun piercing. These are the most common options that immediately spring to your mind. But have you ever considered getting this process done by a tattoo artist? Surprised, aren’t you? Anyone would be, what with the number of stereotypes that are associated with this profession. But before we get down to it, let us discuss the other options and the risks associated with them.
A Mall Kiosk
You might have noticed a lot of ear-piercing kiosks springing up in some malls. The idea here is to provide this service while families visit malls during their leisure time. But if you look closely, you might realize that most of the ear-piercing personnel are youngsters, most of whom are not well-trained to handle such delicate procedures. And things might get worse if your little girl is very young because these youngsters do not know how to handle a kid in pain.
You might think that piercing guns are not such a bad idea. After all, a lot of us had got our ears pierced that way. They are fast and it’s over before you know it. But is it safe at all? The fact is that these piercing guns have a blunt end which actually causes a lot of pain. Also, the sterilization process of these guns is so low-standard that it hardly serves the purpose. This puts your child at a high risk of getting infections. A lot of kids I’ve known personally have actually ended up with oozing and pus post this process, making it even more unbearable for them.
Why A Tattoo Artist?
To begin with, a tattoo parlor is nothing like it is generally made out to be – small, dingy, and smelly places. On the contrary, they are a much safer alternative to the other options mentioned above. To begin with, these parlors maintain the highest standards of hygiene. The machines and procedures they use to sterilize the needles – through pressure autoclaves and high heat – are the same that are used in the hospitals.
The piercing needles used by tattoo artists are hollow and sharp at the same time. Because of this, they do not cause as much pain as conventional methods of ear piercing. The tattoo artists are also well trained. They are required to undergo an extensive training at least for a year before they can practice their craft on customers. Shadowing the experts, handling medical emergencies, and performing CPR are some of the procedures that are part of their training. Having handled adult customers undergoing more intense pain, they have an insight into handling kids in pain and making them comfortable post the procedure.
If you are one of those who’ve always thought that tattoo parlors were dimly-lit, music-blaring places with loud-mouthed professionals, then we hope we’ve busted that myth for you, to a larger extent at least. So, if you’re considering getting your little princess’ ears pierced soon, do drop into a reputed tattoo parlor and get a first-hand peek for reassurance. Good luck!