A topic that constantly causes a lot of fierce debate among both parents and doctors is the first earrings for a child. As in any case, there are supporters and opponents of piercing the ears of young children.
Which earrings to choose for a girl is an individual question. The answer to it depends on the material, the type of attachment and the appearance of the jewelry. But it is worth knowing about the advantages and disadvantages of different types of products.
How to choose the right first earrings for a child?
According to most scientific and medical studies, in order for a piercing to heal quickly, the first earrings for children, as well as earrings for adults who have their ears pierced for the first time, should be made of precious metal — gold or silver.
Here we are talking not only about disinfection, but also about the likelihood of an allergy to the raw materials from which the jewelry is made.
Many cosmetic factories that have models for ear piercing and broach in their catalog produce special earrings for beauty salons from corrosion-resistant surgical steel, which contains up to 35% chromium, which guarantees corrosion resistance, and up to 25% nickel, the task of which is the strength of the metal structure. .
The main problem is that both chromium and nickel are allergenic ingredients for 15% of the world’s population, so they are not suitable for children. This is an important requirement because the products come into contact with a post-procedure wound that can easily become infected. Gold and silver earrings not only accelerate the healing of the puncture, they prevent infections from entering the wound, the occurrence of infection and inflammation.
Which children’s earrings are better, more comfortable and safer?
Jewelry for little girls should be light and as small as possible, comfortable to wear, not disturbing during sleep, because at first they cannot be removed.
An important requirement is that they do not cling to hair and clothes, so as not to injure the child, not to cause pain and discomfort.
For this reason, as the first earrings for a child, one should not choose pendant and richly decorated with stones models that do not suit small children at all. In such jewelry, they look tense, unnatural and are afraid to move once again.
The ideal option is the classic first gold earrings for a child with colored enamel in the form of miniature ones:
It is customary to choose the color of the stone insert according to the color of the baby’s eyes or according to the zodiac sign according to the date of her birth. White transparent zircon is considered universal — a neutral stone that suits every little lady.
As for the design and lock, children’s earrings of a smooth and round shape, without sharp edges, are produced with a classic mount, which is located in front for ease of putting on and washing the wound. It is called «breeze» and is considered the most reliable, safe and fastens with a click.
Studs are allowed from 6 months, but they are uncomfortable to sleep in. Sometimes such a fastener loosens, and they can be lost.
Screw-type models are allowed from 9 months. But their peculiarity is the loose fit of the lid, under which dirt, dust, cream, soap get, so you have to periodically remove and clean them.
It is undesirable to buy earrings with adult English, French and Italian locks for small children because of the risk of injury and discomfort.
When to give the first earrings for a baby?
Most pediatricians recommend piercing the ears of a child between the ages of 3 and 6 months, provided that he is absolutely healthy. It is during this period that baptism takes place. On this occasion, earrings are a good gift from a godmother or dad.
Children’s jewelry with a zodiac sign is appropriate to present for a birthday, with a beautiful sparkling stone — for the New Year. Such an accessory will cause more joy and delight in a little fashionista than traditional sweets.
Another reason why you shouldn’t put off getting your baby’s ears pierced for too long is that by the age of one year, the baby is not yet very mobile. Older children have more strength, they move more and faster, they can touch their ears, because their wound will heal longer.
The first proven method, which is quite fast and almost imperceptible, is ear piercing with a gun, where special surgical steel stud earrings are immediately inserted. However, this method is not suitable for everyone due to a possible allergic reaction to this material. Only when the puncture site has healed, you can put on and wear the selected earrings from any material. To prevent the holes from becoming overgrown, the child must wear the earrings without removing them for at least 6 months.
The second option is to use a piercing needle. This procedure takes much longer and is more painful. It is desirable that it be performed by a professional cosmetologist or a specialist with a medical education. Its big plus is that you can immediately put on the desired decoration.
What earrings to choose for little princesses?
The most used precious metal is natural 14 carat gold. Silver is more affordable.
Almost all children tolerate gold very well without irritation. Since it is resistant to external influences, such products can decorate the appearance of a child for years and be inherited by several children.
Yellow gold is marked with the number 585/1000, which indicates the ratio of gold to the total gold alloy. 58.5% of the total alloy is pure gold, the remaining 41.5% are other impurities.
White gold is an alloy of pure gold with other metals such as palladium and nickel. However, nickel sometimes causes allergic reactions.
Rose gold is a compromise between white and yellow gold. It is made with the addition of copper, which gives it a reddish tint, which is especially suitable for people with fair skin.
Silver with a minimum addition of nickel for strength — 925/1000. It contains 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metals.
Check out our range the catalog. There you will definitely find original products for the fashionable look of little princesses. In order not to miscalculate with the size, measure the distance from the puncture site to the end of the earlobe and add a few millimeters for a margin so that the child can wear the jewelry for several years.