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What kids should know about taking care of pierced ears

Once you get your ears pierced, you have to take care of them. If you don't, you can get an infection. Following the care directions the piercer gives you can help to avoid infection. The piercer will probably tell you to:

  • Leave the earrings in for six weeks or more, even at night!

  • Carefully wash your ears with soap and water.

  • Twist the earrings to keep the pierced hole open. This should be done a few times a day.

  • Never touch your new pierced ears unless your hands are clean.

  • Put rubbing alcohol on your ears, or use a special cream or ointment to keep away germs.

If your ears get sore, red, or puffy, or if yellowish liquid oozes out of the hole, tell your parents. If it doesn't go away quickly, your parents should take you to see a doctor. If you have a serious infection or it spreads, you might need to see a skin doctor (dermatologist).