For many girls and young women, visiting the local mall or shopping center and getting their ears pierced is a rite of passage. In many places, the store Claire’s Accessories is the first port of call for moms and daughters interested in their very first pair of earrings.
Claire’s claims on its website to have pierced over 100 million ears. Many parents have traditionally chosen Claire’s over other piercing shops because of its safe, family-friendly reputation; however, a terrifying experience from the United Kingdom in 2018 shows that there are always dangers inherent to piercing.
Parents – you NEED to be aware of this
Posted by Daily Mail on Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Little Lily Nesbit, of Harlow in Essex, was just 7 years old when she got her ears pierced on Aug. 1, 2018. Her mother, Suzie, took her to Claire’s, reassured by the fact that the store presented itself as part of a trusted worldwide brand. The only catch was that Lily’s school doesn’t allow any piercings, so the young girl’s ears needed to be completely healed so her earrings could be taken out before she went back to school.
As her mom, Suzie, explained to People, the staff at Claire’s assured her that if Lily used their “Rapid After Care Cleanser” (which costs 15 pounds, or about US$20) every day, her ears would be healed within just three weeks. “I did think it was quick, but I didn’t question it as Claire’s is a reputable store and I trusted them.”
Meanwhile, Lily was over the moon to find out that she could get her ears pierced, something she had been dreaming about for a long time. “She was very proud of them and loved showing them off.”
Suzie also bought three pairs of sterling silver earrings for her to put on when she could change them, as per The Daily Mail.
The back of the earring had become stuck under the little girl’s skin.
Posted by People on Thursday, September 6, 2018
Everything seemed to be going just fine, as Lily willingly submitted to having her ear cleaned three times a day, mornings, afternoons, and evenings. Suzie exclusively used the lotion she had purchased from Claire’s and was initially pleased with the results. “We regularly cleaned it as we’d been told to and it looked absolutely fine, no sign of infection at all,” Suzie told People.
Lily eagerly awaited the three-week mark and when it would come around. But inside Lily’s ear, all was not well. About a week after, Lily came downstairs complaining that it felt weird, and they noticed something was weeping.
“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,” Lily said.
When her mom tried to see what was going on, she couldn’t find the butterfly back that kept the earrings in place. They looked all over for it without ever thinking that it might be inside her ear. The first clue was how much pain the slightest touch caused. “She was screaming every time I tried to remove it, at this point I didn’t realize the back was still in there, I thought the lump was an infection.”
A nurse friend of Suzie visited them and looked at the ear. The family then rushed to the emergency room of Princess Alexandra Hospital. Once at the hospital, the process of removing the embedded stud was grueling and gruesome.
The nurses gave Lily some nitrous oxide to breathe and local anesthetic as they tried to get the butterfly back out. “When the needle went into her ear it obviously really hurt her as it was so sensitive and she screamed out,” Suzie explained. “She was then properly crying too, it was horrendous.”
They had to hold the young girl down, and she writhed in pain. Finally, they used a scalpel. After the anesthetic kicked in, they were able to surgically cut it out. For the whole family, including Lily’s older brother, Charlie, it was terrible to see their beloved girl go through so much pain.
“My son Charlie was with us. They normally fight like cat and dog and but [sic] he held her hand throughout it, he was so sweet,” Suzie said, as per The Daily Mail.
Posted by Suzie Nisbet on Friday, April 13, 2018
Thankfully, Lily made a full recovery and has understandably turned away from ear piercings for the time being. Her mom, however, was none too pleased with Claire’s.
“This was bad advice given by a name I trusted,” she said to People. “I don’t know why they are pushing the three-week healing process guidelines. A piercing is a wound and needs at least six weeks to heal.”
An important message for parents of young children, whether girls or boys, who are interested in getting piercings—better be safe than sorry when it comes to something as important as your ears.
Posted by Suzie Nisbet on Saturday, April 2, 2016