Getting your ears pierced is a rite of passage for many young girls. While it has become a routine thing for many, it is still an invasive procedure that can sometimes go wrong. Suzie Nesbit, 39, was thrilled to take her seven-year-old daughter, Lily, to get her ears pierced before the start of the new school year. They did it at a local Claire’s, and were sent home with a three week cleaning kit. For those three weeks, all seemed well, but when they changed the earring, things went downhill.
Within a week, discharge started to come out of Lily’s ear.
She told People:
I woke up one morning and my ear started to feel like it was vibrating, it felt really sore and yucky. It was really painful, it was hot and sore.
Her mother explained:
We didn’t think it was possible for the back to get stuck in her ear due to the size of it and searched her bed to try and find it. I couldn’t push the earring back or forwards, it was absolutely horrible. She was screaming every time I tried to remove [the earring] at this point I didn’t realize the back was still in there, I thought the lump was an infection.
An examination by a friend of the family who happened to be a nurse showed the back somehow got caught underneath the skin. Suzie tried to get the piece out for two days before finally taking her daughter to the hospital, where they had to cut it out with a scalpel. Suzie is now speaking out against Claire’s for telling them the piercing would be healed after three weeks.
Apparently Lily wasn’t the only one this has happened to after getting pierced at Claire’s.
Others had harsh words for piercing guns, which is what Claire’s uses.
Like I’m not saying you can’t get your ears pierced at Claire’s I’m not saying you for sure will get an infection I’m literally saying piercing guns are bad for your damn piercings and if you wanna do it be my guest I don’t care but I won’t stop saying it’s bad for your piercings
— raven (@spookybagans) September 9, 2018
fr I'm still not totally sure what so many parents have against tattoo studios. They're the safest place to get ear piercings and such, I've heard – there's way less risk of infection or screwups than getting your ears pierced w/ a piercing gun at Claire's or something
— ✦ Lucas ✦ (@disasterdaemon) September 1, 2018
Also, don't get piercings at Claire's. They use a piercing gun which can't be properly steralised. Go to a piercing studio and get it done with a piercing needle. Heals far better and less likely to get an infection.
— germfest (@MxIndica) April 12, 2018
um a teen WHAT?? don't get your fuckin ears pierced at Claire's you lunatics!!! they use piercing guns which are EXTREMELY unsanitary and can cause bad infection!! DO NOT buy body jewelry from there and DO NOT get your ears pierced there!!! https://t.co/vuBlA7kAun
— theatre thottie (@RadTrashh) July 30, 2018
Get them done at a proper tattoo/ piercing place. Do NOT get them done at Claire’s. Don’t have it done with a gun because you’re so much more likely to get an infection which will be painful is all I’ll say!
— Goblin (@LookingForSophi) May 30, 2018
Get your piercings done at a piercing place, everyone!