(HealthDay News) -- Newly pierced ears can be prime candidates for infection, but proper care can help reduce the risk.

The American Academy of Pediatricians offers these suggestions:

  • Make sure an experienced technician, nurse or doctor performs the procedure, and that a disinfectant is applied to the ears before piercing.
  • After the procedure, gently cleanse the ears with rubbing alcohol two to three times a day.
  • Apply antibiotic ointment after each cleaning.
  • Carefully turn the earring posts each day.
  • Do not remove the earrings for at least six weeks.