Many of our friends had their daughters’ ears pierced in their first days of life. It is a common practice where we live. However, me and my husband decided not to do it because we first wanted to read a few things about it and discuss the matter with our pediatrician. Besides, we didn’t actually knew then what kind of earrings would be suited for a newborn. So, we decided to wait and make this step knowledgeably, in spite of the fact that we both thought that our little girl would look nice with a pair of cute little earings.
In our readings and research, we came across contradictory opinions, pro and against piercing newborn babies’ ears.
Pros: Some of the reasons to pierce…
- Besides the fact that it looks cute, earrings saves parents from the – sometimes really annoying – embarrassment of mistaken gender (especially when the baby is very young).
- From a different point of view, some people say they did it so their kid doesn’t have to remember the pain.
- When the daughter is a baby, taking care of the ears falls to the mom who can create a daily routine.
- When the baby is older she might get infected easier because she keeps touching the ears with her hands or pulling the earrings out of curiosity.
- In certain cases, piercing the baby’s ears is a cultural preference: there are some cultures in which ear piercing early on is standard, and others that wouldn’t hear of it.
Cons: Some of the reasons not to pierce…
- The main reason not to pierce is, definitely, the ear infection. Your child will, probably, be constantly touching her ears and the pierced area and this is why it can easily become infected.
- There is a chance that the baby will have an allergic reaction to metal.
- The piercing should not be done before infants have completed their DPT shots.
- There is a chance that the baby will rip the earrings off or cling them on her clothes.
- Piercing an infant’s ears robs her of the choice and the experience. You could make ear piercing a special event in your daughter’s life, something to look forward to, a coming of age ritual and a means to teach her responsibility.
- Earrings are a cosmetic choice, not a necessity.
If you choose to pierce your baby’s ears, the important things you should consider are the type of earrings you want to buy her and the piercing product used.
Gold is not actually the best metals for the earrings, because many people have allergic reactions to it. Stainless steel is far better, as it is hypoallergenic, smooth and non-porous, easier to clean. Hoop shaped earrings are the best choice, they slide easier, they don’t cling on your clothes and they can be moved around.
Regarding the piercing itself, you must know that piercing at home is not a good idea. Piercing should be done by a professional, preferable by a doctor, with sterile equipment, in a clean, sterile environment.
Our daughter is 8 months now. We still haven’t decided whether to pierce her ears or not, but we will definitely take into consideration all the pros and cons before we’ll take this step.
What is your opinion regarding piercing your baby’s ears?