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TOP 10 HEALTH RISKS OF EAR PIERCINGS - EVERY MOM SHOULD KNOW

We live in an age of digital information. Never before have Mommy’s had such access to expert knowledge – whether it be diet, food, health, lifestyle … I could go on. We are more aware than ever before of what we are eating, what our kids are eating, aware of lifestyle, of chemicals, food additives, fair trade, how to source organic produce, how to eat for various illnesses and conditions, never before have Mommy’s been making so many informed decisions for the improvement and optimizations of their child’s health – tweeting, researching, sharing this information, creating pretty boards for the benefit of others and other Mommy’s. Yet when it comes to one particular area of health, the decision to pierced a young girls ears, the conversation is rather quiet.  Perhaps this topic is not in Vogue, perhaps this health danger is so widely practiced we do not even think of it as a danger - I seek to understand the desire to pierce a young daughters ears, which to me seems rather barbaric and assess the problems it poses to ones health, and after doing so urge all Moms to share!

People from many different cultures have pierced their bodies for centuries. As a Theologian and Historian I am only too familiar with ancient texts and art depicting and describing how the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans decorated their bodies with piercings. Piercing was used to portray ones importance in a group, to show belonging to a particular tribe, as well as a symbol that was believed to protect against evil. Today some reasons are not so different. We know much more about the risks of piercings, yet so many Mom’s ignore this knowledge, and pierce their daughter’s ears despite the potential serious health risk.

Which makes me question why this shift from the health conscious trend when it comes to piercing our young daughters ears?

Is it because underneath we are giving into the peer pressure and trends other Mommy’s are taking piercing their little girl’s ears? Because we just want her to look pretty we send logic out the window. Whatever the reason, I am asking you to give serious consideration to the numerous health risks associated with ear piercings, the most serious being:

  1. Infections, including HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, staph (including drug resistant Staphylococcus aureus), and tuberculosis

  2. Pain, itching, swelling, tenderness, redness, or tissue injury at the piercing

  3. Keloids (thick scarring at the piercing site)

  4. Development of nodules of inflamed tissue called granulomas

  5. Excessive bleeding

  6. Allergic reactions (to certain kinds of jewelry)

  7. Damage to nerves (you may loose feeling in the area that gets pierced)

  8. Damage to underlying blood vessels

  9. Scarring of the pierced site

  10. There are even some people who have heard the pros and cons but continued, could not resist the peer pressure and live to regret it – I am one of these individuals and I am going to share my story with you so you don’t have to learn by the mistakes and pain I went through!

My story started when I was 16, all my friends had their ears pierced and I so badly wanted to fit in, I had been asking my Mummy since I was in first school but with her wisdom she never gave into my many pouts, tantrums, tears … the other ways I had perfected to get what I wanted. This was one area she stood firm on, quite frankly she though ear piercing was barbaric, and I thought her opinion antiquated! Somehow I managed to get my brother to join forces with me, and at the grand age of 16 I got my ears pierced. I remember that day so well, what I wore, what my brother wore, the smell of the Chemists where the piercing took place, but about all, I remember the PAIN!!!! Oh, it was like massive nettle stings, yes, that warmed my ear, and warmed it so much I can’t remember the pain subsiding or the warmth decreasing. After the piercing my ear constantly hurt, burnt, throbbed, was red as Rudolph and even oozed. But like most teen girls, I wanted to fit it, held onto the mantra ‘no pain, no gain’; my pride certainly felt but tried to resist the pain. I could barely sleep. What I did not know at the time was that I had an autoimmune condition and that from the time of piercing I was experiencing an inherited abnormal response to dermal injury (i.e. a reaction to the skin piercing), which caused a Keloid scar to form.

It was not long before I was unable to wear pierced earrings – this horrible, sore, itchy, throbbing lump that was a keloid on the back of my ear kept growing till it reached a size no earring could go through. I now had a greater problem than peer pressure to content with. It took years of attempts of steroid injections, which were sore and not without many side effects – each course resolving a little but overall no significant improvement in the size or symptoms of the Keloid. My ENT Specialist then progressed the treatment to traditional surgery, the outcome which was the growth of a larger keloid and more pain. Then a few attempts of plastic surgery followed each time accompanied with a course a steroid injections and the most unfashionable ear compression pad I had to wear – only on one ear – this was no fashion piece.

There had to be an alternative – but I could not find any. In response to this I began designing fashionable, comfortable, non-allergenic pierced earrings, which I discovered after 6 months of use acted as the most effective comprehension pad, flattening my keloid! When I had a beautiful piece of jewelry to adorn my ear, of course I would wear it from morning till night, and the results were phenomenal.

The Alanya Grace brand was born, to be:

 ‘Fashion for Health’

I realized this need was not just for adults, kids needed a safe alternative before they would even have their ears pierced.  Le Petite Princess is the child friendly, safe, totally comfortable, non allergenic, lead and nickel free, clip on earring, suitable for 3 year olds and above with non pierced ears. I wanted every girl to feel glam, be the envy of her friends, express her inner princess without risking her health. This line caters just for that. We have everything from little girl studs clip on earrings, pretty bow drop clip on earrings, to crystal drops, from everyday styles to that little princess glam, this Collection covers it all.

I want your daughter to feel beautiful, pretty, enjoy dressing up and accessorizing, but without the risk of potential infection that comes from getting her ears pierced. I urge Mom’s to take the stand, share this information, do not risk your daughters health, put her body and health first, let her be fashionable, explore safe styles she will love ….

 

 

 

TOP 10 HEALTH RISKS OF EAR PIERCINGS - EVERY MOM SHOULD KNOW

We live in an age of digital information. Never before have Mommy’s had such access to expert knowledge – whether it be diet, food, health, lifestyle … I could go on. We are more aware than ever before of what we are eating, what our kids are eating, aware of lifestyle, of chemicals, food additives, fair trade, how to source organic produce, how to eat for various illnesses and conditions, never before have Mommy’s been making so many informed decisions for the improvement and optimizations of their child’s health – tweeting, researching, sharing this information, creating pretty boards for the benefit of others and other Mommy’s. Yet when it comes to one particular area of health, the decision to pierced a young girls ears, the conversation is rather quiet.  Perhaps this topic is not in Vogue, perhaps this health danger is so widely practiced we do not even think of it as a danger - I seek to understand the desire to pierce a young daughters ears, which to me seems rather barbaric and assess the problems it poses to ones health, and after doing so urge all Moms to share!

People from many different cultures have pierced their bodies for centuries. As a Theologian and Historian I am only too familiar with ancient texts and art depicting and describing how the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans decorated their bodies with piercings. Piercing was used to portray ones importance in a group, to show belonging to a particular tribe, as well as a symbol that was believed to protect against evil. Today some reasons are not so different. We know much more about the risks of piercings, yet so many Mom’s ignore this knowledge, and pierce their daughter’s ears despite the potential serious health risk.

Which makes me question why this shift from the health conscious trend when it comes to piercing our young daughters ears?

Is it because underneath we are giving into the peer pressure and trends other Mommy’s are taking piercing their little girl’s ears? Because we just want her to look pretty we send logic out the window. Whatever the reason, I am asking you to give serious consideration to the numerous health risks associated with ear piercings, the most serious being:

  1. Infections, including HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, staph (including drug resistant Staphylococcus aureus), and tuberculosis

  2. Pain, itching, swelling, tenderness, redness, or tissue injury at the piercing

  3. Keloids (thick scarring at the piercing site)

  4. Development of nodules of inflamed tissue called granulomas

  5. Excessive bleeding

  6. Allergic reactions (to certain kinds of jewelry)

  7. Damage to nerves (you may loose feeling in the area that gets pierced)

  8. Damage to underlying blood vessels

  9. Scarring of the pierced site

  10. There are even some people who have heard the pros and cons but continued, could not resist the peer pressure and live to regret it – I am one of these individuals and I am going to share my story with you so you don’t have to learn by the mistakes and pain I went through!

My story started when I was 16, all my friends had their ears pierced and I so badly wanted to fit in, I had been asking my Mummy since I was in first school but with her wisdom she never gave into my many pouts, tantrums, tears … the other ways I had perfected to get what I wanted. This was one area she stood firm on, quite frankly she though ear piercing was barbaric, and I thought her opinion antiquated! Somehow I managed to get my brother to join forces with me, and at the grand age of 16 I got my ears pierced. I remember that day so well, what I wore, what my brother wore, the smell of the Chemists where the piercing took place, but about all, I remember the PAIN!!!! Oh, it was like massive nettle stings, yes, that warmed my ear, and warmed it so much I can’t remember the pain subsiding or the warmth decreasing. After the piercing my ear constantly hurt, burnt, throbbed, was red as Rudolph and even oozed. But like most teen girls, I wanted to fit it, held onto the mantra ‘no pain, no gain’; my pride certainly felt but tried to resist the pain. I could barely sleep. What I did not know at the time was that I had an autoimmune condition and that from the time of piercing I was experiencing an inherited abnormal response to dermal injury (i.e. a reaction to the skin piercing), which caused a Keloid scar to form.

It was not long before I was unable to wear pierced earrings – this horrible, sore, itchy, throbbing lump that was a keloid on the back of my ear kept growing till it reached a size no earring could go through. I now had a greater problem than peer pressure to content with. It took years of attempts of steroid injections, which were sore and not without many side effects – each course resolving a little but overall no significant improvement in the size or symptoms of the Keloid. My ENT Specialist then progressed the treatment to traditional surgery, the outcome which was the growth of a larger keloid and more pain. Then a few attempts of plastic surgery followed each time accompanied with a course a steroid injections and the most unfashionable ear compression pad I had to wear – only on one ear – this was no fashion piece.

There had to be an alternative – but I could not find any. In response to this I began designing fashionable, comfortable, non-allergenic pierced earrings, which I discovered after 6 months of use acted as the most effective comprehension pad, flattening my keloid! When I had a beautiful piece of jewelry to adorn my ear, of course I would wear it from morning till night, and the results were phenomenal.

The Alanya Grace brand was born, to be:

 ‘Fashion for Health’

I realized this need was not just for adults, kids needed a safe alternative before they would even have their ears pierced.  Le Petite Princess is the child friendly, safe, totally comfortable, non allergenic, lead and nickel free, clip on earring, suitable for 3 year olds and above with non pierced ears. I wanted every girl to feel glam, be the envy of her friends, express her inner princess without risking her health. This line caters just for that. We have everything from little girl studs clip on earrings, pretty bow drop clip on earrings, to crystal drops, from everyday styles to that little princess glam, this Collection covers it all.

I want your daughter to feel beautiful, pretty, enjoy dressing up and accessorizing, but without the risk of potential infection that comes from getting her ears pierced. I urge Mom’s to take the stand, share this information, do not risk your daughters health, put her body and health first, let her be fashionable, explore safe styles she will love ….