Infant Ear Piercing.
This a touchy subject.
In my opinion, as a mom, only you know what is best for your children. When it comes down to infant ear-piercing, you can expect mixed opinions. This topic comes up because both of my girls have pierced ears. When my little one had just hit the two-month mark, we were happy to take her to get her ears pierced. Usually, the minimum age of 2 months is when most institutions will pierce baby’s ears for you.
With Gabs, my eldest, I pierced her ears at 6 weeks old and the response to that was pure and utter shock from most of my Canadian counterparts. Foreigners such as myself, didn’t really have an opinion.
So, everywhere I went people would say, “Oh my, she has her ears pierced already?” Mind you, these were the same type of people who used to say, “My! What an adorable little boy you have!” Or even worse, “Is your baby adopted?” But, that’s another can of worms!
Insert eye roll please.
Regardless, that’s hardly the reason why I pierced my daughter’s ears. On top of being super cute and feminine, there’s a deeper, more meaningful reason behind it.
To me anyway.
As a kid, my ears were pierced the day I got home from the hospital. And you better believe my mother offered to do the same with Gabs but I refused.
Either way, with Mimi, we decided to wait until she got her shots because now, being more knowledgeable, they can aid in the prevention of contraction of diseases such as Hepatitis, which is transferable through the often not sterilized tools of piercing.
So, why do it so early?
I think that no matter how old a baby is, whether a week old or months old, they still feel pain. I would much rather have my little ones experience that pain with me there comforting them. Opposed to a pain that may be traumatizing to them at an older age.
That is my reasoning.
It is also extremely important to do your homework before piercing baby’s ears. Find a clean, reputable and certified place to get the piercings done. If you’re not comfortable, have your pediatrician do it the old-fashioned way, like I had mine done, with a needle & thread. Ouch!
I have 7 Helpful Tips for Infant Ear Piercing aftercare, that a lot of people have found useful. Like I said, every mom knows best for their own kids, but should they shun or judge those who have different views?
So, did you pierce your daughters’ ears or are you against doing it because you think it’s cruel?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!