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Kylie Jenner Pierces 5-Month-Old Daughter Stormi's Ears: How Safe Is the Procedure for Babies? - New

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Kylie Jenner Pierces 5-Month-Old Daughter Stormi's Ears: How Safe Is the Procedure for Babies? - New E-Commerce,Health News,Kardashian Kids,Kardashians,Keeping Up with the Kardashians,Kylie Jenner,News,Parents,Stormi Webster,TV  Kylie Jenner is hardly the first mom (celebrity or otherwise) to pierce her baby’s ears, but her decision to do so with her 5-month-old daughter Stormi has many fans wondering how safe it is.  “My advice is to wait until your child is old enough to participate in caring for the earrings and the discussion of whether or not they want this done to their body,” University of Rochester Medical Center pediatric emergency medicine doctor Elizabeth Murray tells PEOPLE.  According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “Ears may be pierced for cosmetic reasons at any age” and “there is little risk” involved if the piercing is performed cared for using the proper sanitary procedures and precautions.  The AAP does recommend using a round earring with a gold post to reduce the risk of infection and allergic reactions and, “as a general guideline,” to hold off on piercing a child’s ears until they are “mature enough” to care for the modification themselves.  Explains Murray about the benefits of waiting until a child is older, “I have seen far too many infants and toddlers choke on or swallow earring parts. I’ve also seen a large number of earrings end up in a toddler’s nose!”  Want all the latest pregnancy and birth announcements, plus celebrity mom blogs? Click here to get those and more in the PEOPLE Babies newsletter.   See All the Too-Cute Pics of Kylie Jenner’s “Angel Baby” Stormi  According to a 2017 set of recommendations from the AAP for adolescent tattoos and piercings, in one study, up to 35 percent of people with ear piercings had one or more complications, broken up as such: minor infection (77 percent), allergic reaction (43 percent), keloid formation (2.5 percent) and traumatic tearing (2.5 percent).  “At this point practitioners really need to form their own opinions about ear piercing,” Johns Hopkins pediatric resident Suzanne Rossi said in 2015, adding that the AAP’s point on maturity is “clearly the best way to reduce the risk of infection” to the affected area.  “I usually try to recommend to families that they get past the six-month immunizations to reduce their risk of tetanus and blood-borne infections,” she explained. “We also make sure the parents are taking [children] to a reputable place to decrease the risk of infection.”   Mom Gets Her Daughter’s Ears Pierced at a Tattoo Parlor  Johns Hopkins also noted that complications can include discharge (which happens in almost one-fourth of all cases), backings embedded in the earlobe and bleeding.  To avoid infection and other complications, the AAP recommends having a medical professional perform a piercing, using rubbing alcohol or some form of disinfectant. Then, alcohol or antibiotic ointment should be applied to the affected area twice daily for “a few days,” which the AAP states “will cut down the chances of infection and hasten the healing process.”  Rotating the earring gently every day is also important, says the AAP, as well as holding
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