Sunday, March 20, 2011

Is getting your baby's ears pierced really safe?

This is an ongoing debate and controversy amongst parents. Some parents choose to wait until their little one is older to get her ears pierced, and other parents choose to get them done as infants because it is said that they can't feel the pain because their nerve endings are still developing. If that's true why do babies cry after getting them pierced? I have been told by my pediatrician that it's the sound of the earring gun. Okay, makes sense doesn't it? But is that really the truth?

I have three little girls and all three of them got their ears pierced as babies between the ages of 3 months and 6 months old. My children's pediatrician's office currently performs ear piercings so it was all safe and sanitary and very comforting to have a nurse perform the piercings. Don't get me wrong, I was very skeptical of the thought but when their doctor and the nurses assured me that it was safe for them, I got them done. Let me tell you I am so glad that I did.

I have little girls with pierced ears and they don't even remember a thing. I don't have to worry about hearing; "Mommy, I want my ears pierced." Why am I glad I don't have to hear those words? Well, I remember going to the mall a while back and a little girl was getting her ears pierced. Let me just say it wasn't a happy experience for her. You could tell it absolutely hurt. I got my ears pierced when I was 4 years old, and goodness gracious I so remember how much it actually hurt. Did my girls cry whey they got theirs pierced? Honestly, for my babies, very few tears where shed. They screamed and cried when it came to vaccinations but not with the piercings.

Whatever your decision as a parent, don't let others judge you based on that decision. You will get parents that think you are crazy and cruel for getting them done so early but if the truth be told, if you don't want your little one to feel it or remember it, I would do it ASAP. But if you prefer to wait until your child is much older because of fears, then this is okay too. Whatever decision is made doesn't make you an unfit parent.

If you do choose to get your baby's ears pierced, be advised that there are risks of infection, etc. Just keeping the ears cleaned on a daily basis will prevent those risks.

What are your thoughts and views on this subject? Will you get your baby's ears pierced early on or will you wait until she is older? Please share with us, we would love to hear from you.

Image: Wikimedia Commons

Source: Baby Center

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  2. First, I don't think any moms are crazy wanting their dd's ears pierced. Admittedly, I know a lot of people have strong feelings when to pierce a child's ear. "Let them decide" is being replaced by parental decision when mommy intuition knows, "earlier is better" from either personal or friend's experiences of unpleasant childhood ear piercing. I think it just depends on your own personal choice whether or not you wish your baby or little girl to have pierced ears. Some feel perceived gender of their child is important while others find it a cultural tradition where all infant girls have pierced ears.

    Second, I went back and forth too whether or not to pierce our dd's ears as an infant. I asked our ped and she gave me some suggestions for moms having their dd's ears pierced.She had her dd's done at Piercing Pagoda and recommended them due to their professional training and experience with infant ear piercing. She said if they cry, it is because of being restrained or the noise of the piercing instrument near the ears, not any pain.Some say don't have a toddler's ears pierced, but my ped encouraged me to go ahead when mommy could care for them properly.

    Third, my mom pierced my ears when I was 2 days old as and I've loved it....I think earrings on little girls are adorable! If you don't know how she'd look at any age, then hold up a pair of your studs to your daughters ear and decide for yourself. Many moms including myself like the look of earrings on babies and little girls for no specific reason, but like how light plays off a simple gold ball on a bald baby girl or small gold hoop poking through the hair of a toddler.

    Cerebrally, as mothers of girls of all ages, we know it celebrates their femaleness and femininity. After all, they are little girls,
    right? You dd is already got the bug with fake earrings and looks soO cute.

    Lastly, since you are thinking about it, your mommy intuition is really telling you earlier is better to pierce your dd's ears. Listen to your heart and intuition. I'd say go ahead and have it done soon and not worry about it anymore giving your daughter the "gift of pierced ears" now. She'll thank you later when all the other girls in preschool see her with earrings and are envious of you being such a smart mommy for doing it when you could care for them and she didn't remember having them done.

    If any moms are thinking about it, then please write me an e-mail if you would like our ped's suggestions for moms having their dd's ears pierced.

    Amy

    Amyswor@hotmail.com

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