(Closed) When To Pierce Baby's Ears

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 197
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

@PrncssDva:  Never! Unless they’re old enough to say ‘mommy, can I get my ears pierced?’ they’re not old enough for earrings. 

Post # 198
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@PrncssDva:  I was about 3 months old when I got my ears pierced, and I will get my daughters ears pierced when they are the same age as well. I think it’s easier when they are young that way they don’t pull on them. 

Post # 199
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

I got my ears pierced when I was about 3 years old and I love it! I remember getting it done, and to make sure I was calm and not freaked out by the needle the chemist told me they were going to use a pencil Tongue Out I then got a frozen yoghurt afterwards and was thrilled.  I think that ear piercing can be easily reversed, and that the younger the child is, the less likely they are to pull on it or scratch it. I never pulled at mine, but when I was 13 I got more ear piercings and my bellybutton pierced which got infected because I touched them too much! I work in Early Childhood and I’ve met many babies who’ve had their ears pierced and they’ve been fine. It is totally up to you OP, as a parent it is your choice to make Smile

Post # 200
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

My niece got hers pierced when she was about 6 months old to a year but I can’t remember how she got them done. There were no problems and by the time she was a toddler she loved to wear earrings. They were very cute!

I am not sure if someone’s already mentioned this, but sleeper earrings are probably best because they are lightweight.

I was supposed to get my ears pierced in 3rd grade, chickened out, and eventually got them in 6th. I wish I had gotten them at a younger age because I was really aware of the itching and couldn’t stop messing with my ears. They were red and irritated for a good while even though I cleaned them a lot, too. When I have a kid I will probably get their ears pierced when they’re one-ish. 🙂

Post # 201
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

While I understand that my opinion will not change your mind (nor do I expect it to), I will tell my story regardless. My mom had my ears pierced when I was 2 years old, using a piercing gun, which is not a proper method of piercing one’s body parts. I obviously don’t remember the pain, but I do remember being 12 years old and telling my mom that I “hated” my earrings. I hated them because they constantly made my ears hirt. I ended up taking them out shortly after and did not wear earrings again for 13 years… until my husband got me diamond earrings for our first Christmas together. The holes are extremely uneven and I still have pproblems wearing certain materials in them to this day. At 25 years old, I decided to get my second holes in my ears. I went to a reputable piercing studio and honestly, the damn piercings stung so much that I wondered why I was doing it. I had trouble sleeping on either side of my head and properly cleaning them was not easy to do. I wondered “why the hell did my mom decide to get my ears pierced? Just because she thought it was cute?” I mean, if a 25 year old was uncomfortable from that, I can’t imagine how a 2 year old would feel. Let me clarify, I am no piercing novice and I have a high tolerance for pain. I goe both tragus’ pierced on the same day, I have a double navel piercing, two sets of holes in each ear love, a tongue piercing, a septum piercing, and even one “down below”. I follow your posts because I am also pregnant with our first child, a girl, due March 8th. Due to my experiences, I have strongly elected to not get her ears pierced. I am waiting until she is old enough to make that decision on her own and to properly care for the piercings on her own. There is really no other reason to have them done other than it being “cute”. Babies are cute enough without body modifications and that is what any kind of piercing is. Also, I forgor to mention that I used to swallow, yes, swallow my earrings all the time. My mom used to take me to the doctor and all they would do is tell her to “wait until it passed”. And yes, it is THAT kind of “passed”. If you do decide to do it, please try to take her to a place where they won’t shoot a blunt needle through her skin, which could potentially tear it and cause infection. Take her somewhere where they will do it right and do your research on proper aftercare techniques, not that Dial soap crap. Good luck and I hope there will be no difficulties for her.

Post # 202
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

And my apologies if things are jumbled together, as I am posting from my phone amd it apparently doesn’t recognize the “enter” button. I have one more thing to add: If you can avoid sterling silver and gold, please do so while the piercing is healing. Try to have surgical stainless steel or titanium earrings put in her ears when they are initially pierced. Titanium is preferably the best and will most likely cause less problems for the healing process.

Post # 203
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@PrncssDva:  most places where you can get piercings allow you to do it at 3 months. I don’t understand all the upset, myself, my 3 sisters, and my 2 year old niece all had our ears pierced at 3 months. None of us are upset about it or scarred in any way. I’m very happy my mother went ahead and did it when I was too young to remember, I love ear rings and if she hadn’t done it I’d probably be too chicken to do it myself which is why I have no other piercings lol.

Post # 204
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@PrncssDva:  Love when a thread turns into something else. I would pierce her ears as an infant rather than a toddler but i would definitely ask her doctor if there is too early of an age to do it. 6 months sounds good to me.

Post # 205
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@PrncssDva:  Apologies. My answer, then, is the same as many PP’s: never.

@sarahbabs:  That’s interesting that your piercings disappeared. Do you not have scars, even? From what I’ve read, it is extremely difficult to ever fully remove the signs of piercings, even if the holes do close, so I’m guessing your case is quite rare if in fact you don’t have scars. Thus, in effect, piercings are irreversible.

As for the cultural topic you raised, I don’t see how I am disregarding cultural differences? I  am part of a culture where infant ear piercing is common/traditional — so for me that’s not even a cultural difference. I still think it is wrong to modify someone else’s body without their consent. And body modification without consent is the core ethical issue, so I stand behind my comparison. As for male circumcision, I personally would not circumcise my son, but at least parents who do so are acting under religious obligations.

@JackiBean:  I’m confused what you meant re infants and tattoos. I was just pointing out that your statement about Hawaii having no age requirements was incorrect. Curiously, Colorado is the only such state in the union, as far as I know.

Post # 206
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

my sisters and I went to get our ears pierced when my younger one was 7, I was 11 and my older one was 13. I was so scared and made my younger sister go first. When I saw her crying I was like ‘NOPE, I’m good.” my older sister was allergic and let her holes close (scar free for those who are interested). I was jealous of my younger sister’s earrings so I went back a year later and got them done. I was also a bit resentful that my ears weren’t done when I was younger but only because I’ve always been a baby when it comes to pain. I had them done with a gun and cleaned them with peroxide and they were fine. When I got older, I got 4 more piercings. Oddly, piercing my nipple was significantly less painful than any of my ear piercings. I just took that one out last week and it seems to be fine so far.  obviously you’re fully capable of finding a safe and sterile way to pierce your baby’s ears and I’m surprised by some of the responses. It’s not like you’re going to throw darts at your baby and hope one hits a lobe. 

Post # 207
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Just curious for those of you who think it’s fine, what reasons do you think the American Academy of Pediatrics has against it to have an official statement against it?

Post # 208
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

@BartenderPlease:  there are warnings against everything these days. If we worried about every single thing that could potentially harm our children, there would be no end to the constant stress that we have. Bottom line is it is a personal parental decision that is not illegal or even ‘harmful’. There are a lot of suggestions when it comes to parenting. If its worked for years it works for me (in most cases – don’t get me wrong). I honesty truly think that this is being made a HUGE deal when it’s not. It’s a hole in an ear. Worst case scenario is a scar. I’m rolling my eyes at most of this thread (not at people simply stating their opinions, but those making cruel comparisons or being *extremely* judgemental). 

The recommended age, personally for me, is after the age of 6 months because at that point in time, the babies are completely vaccinated, so that protects them,” said Dr. Janie Doan (2012)

I just want to point out that for every article saying you should wait, there’s one saying otherwise. I think that kind of proves that it is a personal decision and little to no medical reasoning behind each decision. 

Post # 209
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@WannaBeeMrsB:  With respect, your statement that the “worst case senario is a scar” is incorrect.

My own objections to modifying your baby’s body are ethical rather than medical, but medically speaking there are far more severe “worst case” scenarios. Blood poisoning, keloid formation, and traumatic tearing are among the actual worst case scenarios. How can you say those risks aren’t harmful?

Post # 210
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Sugar bee

@MrsB1015:  +1

I waited until I was ten to get mine pierced. I was scared that when they pierced them that my ears would bleed or fall off.

Post # 211
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

My mom got my ears pierced when I was a baby! It’s NOT that big of a deal, if the child doesn’t like them she can take them out whenever she wants. It’s not the end of the world and personally I’m glad my mom did it when I was young to avoid having to go through the pain as a teenager (even though it’s ridiculously pain-free IMO)

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