A mother of a 3-and-a-half year old is warning other parents after her daughter’s ear piercing landed her in the emergency room in desperate need of surgery.
Michelle Moore, of North Carolina, has taken to posting on social media in order to help others, after her toddler daughter’s earring became stuck.
The front of the child’s ‘Hello Kitty’ earring had fallen off, and Moore didn’t think much of it, until she tried to remove the backs of the earrings. She could not remove them without causing considerable pain to the child.
“I watched it for a few days hoping that it would work itself back out,” Moore explained to SheKnows, but she ultimately ended up making an appointment with her pediatrician.
Immediately, the family was referred to an ear, nose, and throat specialist, who determined that outpatient surgery was the only way to safely remove the stuck earring.
To make matters worse, Moore went to remove the second Hello Kitty earring from her daughter’s ear just before the surgery and the face of that one fell off, too.
“Luckily, this one was not embedded in her ear yet, and the doctor was able to remove it while she was under anesthesia without having to cut the earlobe,” she said. “He did, however, have to make an incision on the ear with the embedded earring in order to remove it.”
Though the surgery went well and her toddler has already recovered, Moore says it was heartbreaking to watch her little girl undergo anesthesia and surgery—all because of her earrings.
She’s now warning other parents to be careful about the quality of the earrings they buy for their children.
Moore also points out that the pair of earrings was gifted by her mother-in-law, who went out of her way to make sure to pick a quality pair. They were made of quality materials and meant for children.
Although earrings can claim they are safe, every child reacts differently to them. In this case, Moore is thankful that her daughter is still healthy.
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