Im getting DD (7m) ears pierced day after tomorrow. the lady i soke to said they generally dont use any anesthetic cream to numb the area site. I know that hospitals/GPs use EMLA cream to numb childrens skin before giving injections.
My questioon is, when you got your bubs ears pierced , was an anesthtic cream used? Im thinking of getting it myself and applying before getting ears pierced..
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03-04-2012 16:27 #1
Question about ear piercing..
03-04-2012 16:29 #2
My DS was seven years old when he asked to have his ear pierced, he was aware that the piercing needle was going to hurt - but it was his choice. We did not use any numbing cream, and yes, it did hurt.
03-04-2012 16:33 #3
My DD had no anesthetic, she had hers done at 4 months.
You could get the cream yourself if you wanted piece of mind.
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No idea, but please make sure they use a needle and not a gun, those things are so unhygienic.
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03-04-2012 17:00 #5
EMLA cream/patches only numb the skin, so there are really quite useless. Used them before my son's immunisations and they made no difference whatsoever.
03-04-2012 17:08 #6
thanks everyone! i wont get emla than.
Gothchick, i didnt know guns were unhygienic! i thought everyone uses them, rather than needles, now ... i'll call and ask the lady tomorrow as to what she'll use..
03-04-2012 17:15 #7
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Never ever get anything pierced with a gun...they are inaccurate and unhygienic.
Ear piercing guns cannot be autoclaved therefor when they pierce at such a speed, the fine mist of bodily fluids that are released could be going anywhere, namely on the gun that is then not cleaned properly.
I have seen so many messed up ears after they have had them done with guns, bumps that never heal, wonky piercings that flare up constantly...
The hep virus can live for extended periods of time on inanimate objects and could be harboured within a gun for several weeks as guns cannot be properly sterlised.
Also, piercing studs are not very sharp, they often have rounded tips with grooves in the post so the backing fastens.
Essentially these blunt points with grooves and notches shred their way through the healthy tissue using the force and speed the gun provides.Because the stud is not ******lined, it increases the amount of damage to the tissues and causing excessive swelling.
There have been many instances were the gun has malfunctioned, whether it is the adapter not releasing the stud once its been pushed through resulting in pliers having to be used, or the stud not being pushed all the way through resulting in the salesperson trying to push it manually the rest of the way through....
Both are extremely painful as you can imagine, and never something I would risk putting my daughter through.
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03-04-2012 17:46 #9
I agree that the needle is better than the gun but the great thing about the gun is that both ears can be done at the same time & it's very quick, which might be better for a young child.
However, the ear lobes are the only place i would consider the gun as if it is used on the upper ear or the nose (cartlidge) it will shatter the cartlidge & can cause a bad infection. Both me & my DD's had our ear lobes done with the gun & had no problems (made sure we kept up with the proper care while they were healing)
As for the emla cream, i cannot speak more highly of it. Emla is different to other numbing creams as it numbs a lot deeper & is used a lot in hospitals. I use it for tattoos (don't feel a thing) & have used it for my DD's immunisations as well, so i would definately use it for ear piercing as it would take away a lot of the pain i believe. It needs to be applied at least an hour before & lasts for around an hour. Your chemist would know more though
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