I chose the 14 karat gold earring option, she picked out the amethyst birthstones. She was tickled and proudly showed off her new "big girl" look.
|Admiring her new earrings.|
After 8 weeks, we felt it okay to take out the earrings and leave them out at night or for a day. Her ears were still sensitive to touch. She ended up taking them out and leaving them out for several days, and while you could feel a crusty substance inside the piercing, her ears stopped hurting. Obviously, the sterling silver earrings were a problem. I had saved 14 karat gold earrings from my childhood, and after having to re-punch through a thin layer of skin, she wore those for a couple of days. The same thing happened. Her ears starting aching again, and she wanted to take them out. So, now they've been out for a week, and they are no longer sore to touch. They are still a little crusty though.
I don't understand. In my research, it looks like she might have allergic contact dermatitis. What doesn't make sense though is that she wears all types of necklaces and bracelets with no problem. Almost daily, she'll wear an inexpensive, nickel-plated necklace or bracelet to school, and she has a sterling silver cross that she wears to church. We've never noted redness or a rash where the various chains and fasteners rub against her skin.
We haven't tried the inexpensive earrings. It just stands to reason that if she can't wear the expensive pairs, she wouldn't be able to wear the cheap ones. We should try them. If those don't work, I'm afraid we don't have many more options. I did find a brand called Concepts Earrings that might work. I'm afraid though to even see how much those cost.
Sadly, Abigail's ears have bothered her so much, that she's no longer really interested in wearing earrings. The pain is not worth the price of vanity in this case. Having spent $48 to get her ears pierced, I'm not so sure I'm ready to give up on this.