Ear Piercing 4 month old. Thoughts ? Concerns?

Emmy Lou - posted on 06/29/2016 ( 13 moms have responded )

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I am trying to make the right decision. Pierce her ears at a young age or wait until she is much older. My Drs office says the younger the better. Thoughts ?

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Jodi - posted on 06/29/2016

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Why on earth would your doctor say the younger the better. That's absolute rubbish. The kid feels the pain no matter what age!

Personally, I don't believe in piercing ears until the child is old enough to (1) make the decision themselves (2) understand the decision they are making and (3) look after them.

My daughter is 11 and doesn't have hers pierced yet. She has voiced she wants them done, so we have agreed she will get them done for her graduation from primary school. It's great to see her excited about doing it rather than taking it for granted. I don't understand why a baby needs pierced ears. What if later on in life she decides she doesn't want them? The DO leave scar tissue.

Sarah - posted on 07/04/2016

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Unless there is a great cultural significance in piercing the ears during infancy, I'd wait. There is a big difference from it being a safe time to pierce and actually recommending it be done at 3-9 months.

Sarah - posted on 06/30/2016

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I agree. I personally think it is a little sad to see an infant with earrings.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 06/29/2016

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I am all about consent to body modification. It is your childs body, so it should be your childs choice..

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Emmy Lou - posted on 07/04/2016

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They recommend ear piercing between 3 and 9 months for infants and when children are 5 years old or older. Waiting until children are 3 months old ensures that they have had their first set of vaccines and allows the ear to grow big enough to allow for accurate placing of the earring. They do not recommend ear piercing for children between 9 months and 5 years of age because the child must either be small enough to allow them to completely control her movements during the procedure, or cooperative enough to sit still during the procedure. I just do not have good feelings about it but i wanted to hear mommies feed back about how they feel about this. Thank you all for feedback!

~♥Little Miss - posted on 06/30/2016

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5 and up, tattoos at a legal age.

I get the cultural aspect, which I am not addressing since the OP did not say that was part of her decision process. But if you are in America, American culture really has nothing to do with early ear piercing.

BTW, the biggest problem with piercing young, (aside from not having the permission from the child, or asking for it, or approve of it), is that most are done and they are uneven. It is very hard to pierce a babies ears, they wiggle. Also, there earlobes still have growing to do, so what may look like the center now, may change. I have seen it so many times.

Sarah - posted on 06/29/2016

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Little Miss, what is your age for decision making? Would you let a three year old get ears pierced? 5yo? At what age are tattoos ok? How do you feel about an infant getting piercings?
I forgot to mention earlier that this is often a cultural choice and not so much a desire to get it done with early.

Dove - posted on 06/29/2016

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I am almost 40 and do not have my ears pierced. My daughters are 14 and do not have their ears pierced (it has been their decision since they were 12)...

Wait until they are old enough to want it, ask for it, understand it, and help take care of it.

Sarah - posted on 06/29/2016

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What justification does the doctor give for the younger the better? I can see very little benefit and actually a greater risk in doing it too young; infection, injury, the hassle of trying to keep them clean. Both of my girls got their's pierced after they made their First Communion at the end of second grade.

Brandye - posted on 06/29/2016

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I got one daughter's ears pierced at three months old, and another one at three years old....with the older one she would mess with them, and got a slight infection from that, so I wouldn't say its a bad idea to do it early.

Sarah - posted on 06/29/2016

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Why does your doctor's office say the younger the better? That is different then what most doctor's would say. There is risk of infection, ripping of the ear as the child grows and starts to pull on them, risk of choking as they mess with them and the backs come off. That is why most doctor's don't recommend piercing young.

Me personally.....I did not want another thing to take care of. It is hard enough to keep up with clipping their nails, etc. I also feel it should be the child's choice.....so when they are older, responsible enough to care for them, and want them then I have them done. My daughter was 10 yrs old.

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