Claires Ear Piercing Review

My 6 year old got her ears pierced at Claire's on August 23rd.We used the antiseptic solution they gave us and rotated the earrings daily as instructed, for 6 weeks, with no issues.

I noticed today, October 13th, 8 weeks later, that she was missing an earring on one side. I mentioned it to her and she grabbed her ear and insisted it was still there, she could feel it. Upon further inspection I discovered the earring back WAS INSIDE OF HER EARLOBE. Talk about traumatizing.

I was able to use antiseptic spray and q-tips to wiggle it free and remove it. The other side with the earring still in, was also imbedded but not nearly as bad. I was able to remove that also. She is going to have scars on both earlobes.

An hour later, antibiotic ointment, a few bandaids and plenty of anxiety attacks and she is doing just fine, but had it gotten any more imbedded it could have turned out much worse. I included pictures of after I removed the backs.

I have read in several places online this is common with the type of metal Claire's uses.Moral of the story, go to a professional piercer to get your children's ears pierced, or even better, avoid it all together.

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Oct 16 #1227701 Edmonton, Alberta

You must be some special kind of ***.
An embedding has nothing to do with metals - it's about too much pressure from the earring being too tight. Most likely, the backing was dislodged from the safety notch, and was pressed too tightly against the ear. This can happen from your daughter touching/playing with it, or getting caught on something such as hair, clothes, etc.
Either way, this was caused from negligence on YOUR part, as embeddings take time to form and your job is to check the backings daily while cleaning to ensure they are still in their safety notches.
If this had been a metal reaction, which is completely different, it would've happened within 24-48 hours, not 8 weeks later. This has nothing to do with Claire's or their ear piercing, this is about stupidity.

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Oct 17 #1228048 New Albany, Ohio

First of all you don't call customers ***. If an earring is to tight it hurts and someone would complain. I have worn earrings for 60 years and so have all my daughters nothing like this has ever happened.
It certainly can be a metal reaction/not allergic.

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Oct 15 #1227509 Newark, New Jersey

Yes, a professional place is a good choice or like a physician's office. However, sometimes it's also good advice for anyone piercing their child to make sure the earrings are 14K gold to avoid infections.

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Oct 14 #1226840 Fox Lake Hills, Illinois

Same thing happened to one of my daughters. The earring was embedded in her ear and her earlobe had swollen to the size of a grape. Don't go to claires

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