Monica Kharbanda, MD
Board Certified Pediatrician located in Alexandria, VA
Medical ear piercing with a physician is the safest way to pierce your child’s ears because it can lower the risk of infections and minimize issues with allergic reactions. At Franconia Pediatrics in Alexandria, Virginia, you can meet with board-certified pediatrician Monica Kharbanda, MD, who offers medical ear piercing in a calm and soothing environment. To book your little one’s ear piercing session, click on the online scheduler or call the office directly.
Ear Piercing Q & A
What are the benefits of medical ear piercing?
For decades, pediatricians have been treating infected earlobes in babies and young children because of improper or nonsterile piercing techniques commonly offered by jewelry shops at the mall. Because of this ongoing issue, Dr. Kharbanda provides medical ear piercing services at Franconia Pediatrics.
Medical ear piercing is beneficial because Dr. Kharbanda can:
- Counsel you about proper home care and how to prevent infections
- Get your child updated on immunizations beforehand
- Ensure your child’s ears are well-developed
- Provide a sterile environment
Plus, when you come to Franconia Pediatrics, you’re in a private, quiet room with Dr. Kharbanda. You and your child can relax as Dr. Kharbanda takes her time explaining every step of the process.
Dr. Kharbanda uses BLOMDAHL® titanium or plastic products for all medical ear piercing. Using nickel-free and hypoallergenic jewelry is important to protect your little one’s sensitive skin and to prevent allergic reactions.
How does a pediatrician pierce my child’s ears?
Before getting started on your child’s medical ear piercing service, Dr. Kharbanda allows you to select the jewelry you want. She may make recommendations based on your child’s age or any sensitivities they have.
Dr. Kharbanda then marks your child’s ears in the desired locations for piercing, has you confirm the placement for the earrings, and then disinfects your child’s ears. The next step involves placing the sterile earrings into an ear-piercing instrument.
Depending on your child’s age, Dr. Kharbanda may pierce one ear at a time or both at the same time. Placing the studs takes a split second and any discomfort is very brief.
When can my child have their ears pierced?
Generally, Dr. Kharbanda recommends starting from 6 months of age, depending on the size of your child's earlobe. Because it can be tricky to get a toddler to hold still for the procedure, if you do want to pierce your baby’s ears, it’s usually better to have the procedure at a younger age.
Franconia Pediatrics provides safe and sterile medical ear-piercing services. Find out more information by booking an appointment online or by phone today.