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Old 10-16-2008, 09:05 PM   #1
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Help! My daughter's earring backing is stuck in her ear

Not sure where to post this, but has anybody ever had this happen? She's only 6 and I really don't want to take her to the doctor but don't know what to do and I really don't want to cause an infection.
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Old 10-16-2008, 09:10 PM   #2
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Actually.. I posted about this in a thread on the Family board a few months ago. I'll see if I can find it for you. I ahd the same thing as did my dd.
Basically if it is stuck there it is already infected. For me it was mild infection.. but my ear was basically trying to grow around the back. (Yuck)
A few things..
I am assuming it is a butterfly back? I find if they sit too close to my ear they get stuck.
You want to use earrings that are hypoallergenic in the future (although mine was white gold )
Can you soak it off? Hot water.. peroxide?
If not.. definately see the doctor. But chances are warm clean water will help unstick it.
Then try hoop earrings (little sleeper ones) and clean it a few times a day.
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Old 10-16-2008, 09:11 PM   #3
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Not sure where to post this, but has anybody ever had this happen? She's only 6 and I really don't want to take her to the doctor but don't know what to do and I really don't want to cause an infection.
I actually had this happen to me when I was 9 (I will be 33 this month...)

My family Dr. had to remove it and it hurt. I would take her to the Dr. but make sure they numb it in some way. I let both of my earring holes close and had them repierced later, probably a year if I remember correctly. It taught me that I had to be very careful and take care of my ears much better than I had been.

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Old 10-16-2008, 09:12 PM   #4
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This happened to my dd when she was little. Try putting ice in a towel and hold it on the ear. Don't put it on directly and try not to put to much pressure on it. Try to get some of the swelling down. We had to go to the Dr. and get it out. Give her some Advil too for swelling.
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Old 10-16-2008, 09:25 PM   #5
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Been there. We pulled it out ourselves, but that's bacause I am a nurse and I try to stay out of the doctor's office if I can. We cleaned it really well with alcohol. And yes. That did hurt. But it was brief pain versus having an infected ear and a long hospital stay if it turned out to be MRSA. We kept her ears clean and dry and open to air for a few weeks. No earrings. After a year or so we repierced.
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Old 10-16-2008, 09:30 PM   #6
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My Daughter's did this we were able to get the backing off and thier was a huge whole. It healed but we made sure everyday to put an earing through just to keep it open. We did when we cleaned it everyday.
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Old 10-16-2008, 09:43 PM   #7
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Poor kid! Good luck!
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Old 10-16-2008, 10:43 PM   #8
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Wow, I had no idea this was so common. This happened to my daughter---twice. The first time, I took her to urgent care because it was a Saturday, and I was sure it was in her ear lobe. The doctor treated me like I was nuts, and sent me home. Well, by Monday her earlobe was more swollen, and when I pressed on it, you could see the butterfly shape of the earring back. It had to be surgically removed (in the Dr's office, but it took maybe 20 minutes--it wasn't coming out). About a year later, she decided to try again . . . same thing happened.

I've let DD get a couple of other piercings, but only from a real piercing place (no more ear guns in the mall). She's gotten her nose and her eyebrow pierced with no problem. Still, her experiences with her ear piercings have made me say no no no to getting her tongue pierced (could you imagine? I will not be responsible for that happening, even though I think the day she turns 18 she may get it done).

OP--I would take your daughter to the doctor asap. If it's grown in there like my DD's, it can't be just pushed out. It wasn't a fun "surgery," but it isn't major, either. You can hold her hand the whole time.

DD had a local anesthetic and there was very little scarring (one reason it took a while was the doctor was very careful to remove it in a way that left no mark on the front, and a minimal one on the back of the lobe). Good luck, and btw your daughter may very well have a metal allergy. If your DD ever has her ears pierced again, it might be better to go to a place that uses a hollow needle that cores out a sliver of ear lobe. Ear guns push the earring in, but there's still as much earlobe there, so there's more pressure. (Maybe I'm assuming, but the eargun/metal allergy combination is what caused my DD's problem.)
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Old 10-17-2008, 05:31 AM   #9
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It happened to my DD as well. My DH was able to get it out. He used alcohol and kept it clean and dry for a while also.
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Old 10-17-2008, 06:08 AM   #10
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It happened to my DD14 when she was six. Her dr. said it's pretty common. Who knew? We had to take her to the dr. The skin covered most of the back. The dr. froze her ear and cut it out. Very quick, not too painful because he froze her ear. She was scared of course. Good luck with it!
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Old 10-17-2008, 06:34 AM   #11
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It happened to my DD14 when she was six. Her dr. said it's pretty common. Who knew? We had to take her to the dr. The skin covered most of the back. The dr. froze her ear and cut it out. Very quick, not too painful because he froze her ear. She was scared of course. Good luck with it!
When I was 5 the back of the earring stuck to my ear and the skin grew over the back. I believe my mom took me to the doctor, but it was pretty painful and we let my holes grow closed and I didn't get them pierced again until I was 11. It was pretty traumatic so just make sure to make your DD calm.
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Old 10-17-2008, 06:37 AM   #12
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This happened to my oldest DD when she was 4. She was playing with her earring and pulled the back into her ear. It was really painful and she wouldn't let anyone touch it so I took her to the doctor and he popped it out in like 2 seconds.
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Old 10-17-2008, 07:02 AM   #13
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Happened to my daughter about 2 months ago. I put Emla cream on it to numb it and then pulled it out with tweezers. After this I just kept anitbacteria annointment on it and all is well now.
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Old 10-17-2008, 07:04 AM   #14
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This happened to my DD when she was 7...I can remember the panic I felt! We went to my SIL's for dinner right after I realized it was like that, and my SIL iced it and took it out. Her one ear kept showing signs of infection, so we finally let the holes close up. She's 9 now and hasn't asked to get them repierced and I'm not going to suggest it.

I might go to the dr. if the back is totally covered-hers was partially covered. No fun-I feel for you (and your daughter).
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Old 10-17-2008, 07:05 AM   #15
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It shouldn't happen if you take your earrings out every day. I was 14 when I got my ears pierced (by a doctor) and never had this or any problem. I think younger children just aren't responsible enough to take care of them alone. Sounds like the holes are larger than the children's earrings they are wearing. I would take her to the Dr. and then take earrings out every night. When you sleep on them they press into your earlobe.
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