7-Year-Old Hospitalized After Ear Piercing By Claire’s Accessories Becomes Infected

Clarie’s Accessories have been called upon by an angry mother to change their guidelines on hygiene regarding ear piercings. Apparently, her 7-year-old daughter had been hospitalized after she got a piercing at the Harlow, North London branch of the shop.

The girl named Lily was left in a pain after she got piercing and she had to have some of the earring removed with a scalpel by the hospital staff.
The staff in the Harlow shop did the piercing a few weeks prior, and Suzie, the mother, says that she gave the piercing the three weeks time advised on the cleaning liquid before she tried to change the earring.

Despite trying very hard to get the piercing out, however, her friend that works as a nurse suggested that the butterfly that was on the back of the earring could have embedded itself underneath Lily’s skin.

The 7-year-old was taken to the hospital last week, and was given gas and air and a local anesthetic while the earring was being removed.

Suzie thinks that Claire’s Accessories did not provide them with enough information about what could happen following the piercing. When she asked the staff about how long the piercing would take to heal, she was told three weeks.

Everything was fine until they wanted to change the earrings for the first time, and the piercing started to show signs of infection about a week after that.
Suzie adds:

“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.”

When she realized that the situation was not OK, Suzie took Lily to the hospital, where the girl received some pretty unpleasant treatment.
The mother continued that the doctors said the earring was too embedded that they would need to use a scalpel.

“Those 20 minutes felt like four hours, it was so traumatizing for us all.
When the needle went into her ear it obviously really hurt her as it was so sensitive, and she screamed out. She was then properly crying too, it was horrendous.
When the anesthetic kicked in the nurse got the scalpel and had to re-open the wound and pop it out. It was horrific watching her go through such agony.”

Suzie now says that she will never step a foot in one of Claire’s Accessories shop again, and she has also asked them to change the advice that they give on when to safely change the earrings.

“This was bad advice given by a name I trusted. 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.”

Claire’s Accessories have stated since:

“Our piercing procedure and all of our piercing instruments, supplies and earrings are designed to promote the safest and most hygienic piercing experience.
The rapid after care lotion is a dermatologist and pediatrician tested for the effective care of the pierced ear. Three weeks of use is an appropriate and approved length of time.
The Rapid lotion is safe, and allergy tested, and its soothing formula is skin friendly.”
If undue pain/ swelling/redness occurs at any time, seek medical advice immediately. Do not remove studs before the relevant medical advice.”