I want to get my 6 month old daughter's ears pierced, but I'm worried about infection. Anyone have some advice?

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Tamara - posted on 02/18/2009

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My husband has 12 piercings and we have discussed this very thing at length. The conclusion we came to was two fold. 1.) Our daughter will get her ears pierced when she's old enough to ask for it and is able to take care of the piercings. 2.) It will be only be done by a professional piercer and not at a place like Claire's.

Casey - posted on 02/19/2009

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Quoting Kimberly:

I want to get my 6 month old daughter's ears pierced, but I'm worried about infection. Anyone have some advice?



I got my daughter's ears done at 8 month's and she had no problems with them at all. I took my sister with me as it is to hard to do it by yourself you need one person to hold her arms down and one to hold her head straight, if she starts to get upset let go wait for her to calm down then try again dont forse her it will just make her more upset and please pay the extra money to have two ladies do it at the same time if you do one at a time it will be to much for them and they will cry alot. Also get the spray to put on them and dont turn them just let them be. Mia only cried for 10sec. Getting her needles was much worse. After mia's were done my friend got her 6mnth old and she was fine 2. i think it is better to get them done now while they don't know as i have seen alot of children say they want it done then get in the chair a freak out. i hope this helps, casey.



p.s little girls look so cute with earrings in thats one more thing to write on the yes side.

Heather - posted on 02/18/2009

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My daughter who is now 7 yrs old had her ears pierced at 4 months old they were simple to keep clean a little cooled salt water and healed beautifully hope this helps

Angela - posted on 07/24/2014

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My daughter, who is now 25, got her ears pierced when she was 4 months old. There were no problems and to be fair, a very young child is far less likely to interfere with the ear studs - aftercare was easy and there were no issues at all.

That was back then. Nowadays, it seems to be rather frowned upon to get a child's ears pierced in infancy. In some cultures it is done anyway with infant girls and always has been so.

I can't make up your mind for you but I would look into it carefully before going ahead.

Beka - posted on 02/17/2009

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There are always risks when doing those kinds of things.  I guess in my mind, worst case scenario you have to take them out until she is  older.  Oh well.   I have 3 daughters.  2 of the three have had their ears pierced around age 2...when they think they look pretty with big girl earings.  The key is to find a place that will do both ears at one time.  That makes it much easier on your daughter.  My baby just turned 1 and I plan on doing her ears next year sometime.   Good luck with your decision.

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Alice - posted on 07/24/2014

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From CNN:

http://www.cnn.com/2011/OPINION/06/15/et...

"About 20% of baby girls suffer minor complications from ear piercing; about 3% suffer major ones."

That's a lot, and isn't it a little early in their life to have your concept of gender roles imposed on the kid? It's like parents aren't interested in getting to know their children as people, just treating them like possessions to be shown off.

AudreyK - posted on 06/26/2014

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Hi there,
I just got my LO's ears pierced by a pediatric nurse practitioner - she was amazing! She took the time to explain the procedure plus aftercare and was meticulous in ensuring the placement of the earring was perfect! My husband and I were super happy with her professionalism and we felt way better going to her than a mall shop.
Her name is Tracy and her site is www.bumptobundle.ca.
Goodluck!

Shirley - posted on 02/19/2009

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There's no worries about  ears pierced about to infect if you done the right way & the right person, you can ask advice to your baby's pediatrician ,he or she teach or advice you how to take care of your daugthers needs specially to this matter.  

Larisa - posted on 02/19/2009

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Hi.I got my babies ear pierced when she was 3 months old. I did it the gun shot way, She cried bitterly for 10 minutes and ten she was absolutely fine. For one week I applied coconut oil near the ear hole area and turned the earing a bit. Had no problems at all. The earlier you do it the pain is lesser and it heals faster. Go for it!!!

Lauren - posted on 02/19/2009

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My daughter had her ears pieced when she was 3 months old. She was fine she didn´t get any infections. As long as you clean them everyday it is fine.



I think it is better to do it now while she is young, she is probably more likely to an infection if you piece them when she is older.



 

Gloria - posted on 02/19/2009

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I have lots of earrings from all relatives telling me to pierce my daughter's ears, well when she was just months old I didn't want to because I was afraid of infection, then she started pulling her ears and up until she was 18 months she would do it, so I was glad I did not do it. Now she is 28 months and has seen the princesses on DVD so now she wants me to take her to do it, and I am glad I waited until she wanted it. I only got my ears pierced when I turned 16 years old!

User - posted on 02/19/2009

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My daughter is 8 and I had her ears pierced when she was 3 mos old. I was sick of people saying, "Oh, isnt he cute!" I thought this would alieviate that irritation. Her father and I also thought it would be so cute and what girl doesn't want her ears pierced?!?! ...WRONG! She refuses to wear earring now. She ended up having an allergy to metal and can only wear gold but more importantly, she had several incidences where the earring would catch on things, and I mean only simple studs. She complained about the studs poking her neck, so I switched to small hoops which only increased the number of things to get caught on. I have a friend who's daughter had her earring litterally ripped from her ear by another child and now is permanently damaged. From one Mother who's been there, don't do this because you want it...wait until she want's it.

Christina - posted on 02/18/2009

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I also considered this but thought why add on to everything else going on with them(teething,upset belly,ect) plus they have to lay on those ears. I just figured it would be best to let my Abby be 100% perfect until she decided for herself...just my thoughts

Shamika - posted on 02/18/2009

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My daughter is 1 years old and i got her ears pierced at 11 months. She felt it when her ears first were pierced, but got over it soon as i picked her up. Once they were in she didn't toch them at all. I think as long as the ears are pierced before one, any child should be fine.

Emma - posted on 02/18/2009

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Quoting Karen:



I can't believe people are talking about getting babies ears pierced! My daughter had to wait till she was 11 (years, not months). Believe me, babies with earing - or even small children with earings - is NOT a good look!! And that's apart from the child's right to choose what is done (permanently) to their bodies and all the possible risks involved. Don't do it!






Karen i totally agree with you.  Babies having their ears pierced to me just seems wrong. Dont get me wrong, my ears are pierced 4 times in each, but these were all done when i was old enough to decide that i wanted them done for myself, Afterall babies are not a fashion accessory...Just my opinion but i wouldn't do it!!

Karen - posted on 02/18/2009

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I can't believe people are talking about getting babies ears pierced! My daughter had to wait till she was 11 (years, not months). Believe me, babies with earing - or even small children with earings - is NOT a good look!! And that's apart from the child's right to choose what is done (permanently) to their bodies and all the possible risks involved. Don't do it!

Lysbeth - posted on 02/17/2009

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piercing ears is soooooo different then piercing any other part of your body. earings can always be taken out:)

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Hi, I got my daughter's done at 6 weeks old (earliest legally in 1996 in NSW)



I got them done so early only because she was getting christened at 10 weeks and I did not want them to be sore if they got bumped while she was being passed around. 



The beautician got two girls to do them at the same time, there was a very short cry which I think was more fright than pain and then she gave me a SPRAY ON antiseptic for after care.  I wore gloves and turned them every day AFTER her bath for about 3 weeks. The bath softened any gunk that may have been there. I didn't have a problem in the world. 



The younger they are, the less likely they are to play with them and the risk of infection is reduced even further. 



Some years later, I had a female doctor tell me it is best to get it done while they are still getting their immunisation done.  She did say not straight after the needles but sort of around that time.  Not sure if there is any truth to it,  even though a doctor said it.  I guess in a way it makes some sense. 



Hope this long winded answer helps in some way.



Regards



Justine



 



 



 

Dee - posted on 02/17/2009

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I got my daughter's ears pierced at 4 months and she's doing very well. she's 9 months old now and she doesn't even know the earings are there. The earlier you do it, the better because it becomes a part of their body and they don't try to pull them out. You just have to clean them a couple times a day. i used to do it in the morning and in the evening, and she never got an infection. good luck!

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Quoting Kimberly:

I want to get my 6 month old daughter's ears pierced, but I'm worried about infection. Anyone have some advice?




Just had my 5mth old's ears done 1 wk ago and they gave me a disinfectant to use on her ears several times a day.  She is just fine.  The real issue is keeping her little hands away from the ear rings! 

Anita - posted on 02/17/2009

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both my daughters have had their ears done since two months I cleaned it daily with the solution they give daily. They are now 3 and 1 with no problems with their ears. Just make sure that you have no problems with scare tissue because that could cause keloids if prone to this type of thing.

Bonnie - posted on 02/17/2009

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Sorry I just strongly feel like the child she be old enough to choose on their own. Its their bodies. Plus some daycares don't allow earrings b/c it is a choking hazard. They can pull them out and put it in their mouths. Believe me, it has happened to someone I know.

Aracely - posted on 02/17/2009

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hi, I am from Mexico city... and in my country, we do ears piercing in girls as soon as the are born... it hurts much less. Actually we bring the earings at the hospital and the nurses do it for you right there infront of you.... We never had any problem or infection in my family or friends. Unless, of course, if you don't keep the baby clean with daily baths!



I adopted a girl 2 years ago (she was 2 years old) from china, and as soon as I brought her home I pierced her ears.... she love it

Stacey - posted on 02/17/2009

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i got my daughters done at 7 months and we didnt have any problems with infections however she did manage to pull one out and lose it......

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I have had both my girls done when they were3 months old!Just go to someone who will do it both at the same time,i just had my grandaughters done when she was 6 months old ! No problems at all they give you solution too!

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I got my ears pierced on my 5th BD. I remember begging my mom since I could speak to take me to get my ears pierced. I do remember that it hurt like crazy...but I got what I wanted. I guess I learned at an early age no pain no gain . I'm happy my mother waited.I treasure it more. My daughter is 3mts old and I do think about piercing her ears. But I'm going to wait until she is old and can decided if she wants her ears pierced.

Kimberly - posted on 02/17/2009

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I found a very reputable place where I live (Toronto) that specializes in infant ear piercing. Carol Baker Visage is supposed to be the safest and most hygienic. So I will go and dig for some more info before committing :) Thank you for all of you help!

Danica - posted on 02/17/2009

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i got my daughters ears pierced at about 4 months never had an issue with infection she is now about to be two.. as long as you do what they tell you as far as takin care of them and cleaning them you should be fine! plus they tell you what to look for and give you what you need to clean em so i wouldnt worry..

Stephanie - posted on 02/17/2009

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My husband and I got our daughters ears pierced when she was six months old and have not had a problem and she is now 15 months! When we did it I had my husband hold her becuase it was too hard for me to watch, but I knew I really wanted them done! She screamed for about a second and cried for a min and then she was over it and has not touched or bothered them since! We cleaned them 2 times a day for the first 4 weeks and now only clean them one time a week! It was much easier to do them when she was only six months and could not imagine trying to get her to sit still now so really the younger the better, if u are going to do it! I have a friend who waited until her daughter was old enough to decide on her own about 5 or six and she is now in 7th grade and still does not have them pierced becuase every time she said she wanted them done, my friend would take her only long enough for her to chicken out! So really your duaghter is at a really good age! Good luck and let us know how it goes!

Kortni - posted on 02/17/2009

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I got my daughters ear done when she was a lil over 5 months. She didnt cry a bit, i think it was more painful for me than her. When she is older she will remember they are there and mess with them, my lil one hasnt touched hers and they have been jus fine. no infections. Jus member to turn them every day and keep the cleaner on them. and also choose a good earing not the cheap kind cause you dont kno what she might be allergic to.

Kortni - posted on 02/17/2009

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I got my daughters ear done when she was a lil over 5 months. She didnt cry a bit, i think it was more painful for me than her. When she is older she will remember they are there and mess with them, my lil one hasnt touched hers and they have been jus fine. no infections. Jus member to turn them every day and keep the cleaner on them. and also choose a good earing not the cheap kind cause you dont kno what she might be allergic to.

Jeri - posted on 02/17/2009

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I am a mother of 2 girls and of hispanic decent. Our culture actually pierces girls ears at a very early age. In fact, I am 36 years old and had my own ears pierced at a very young age. As long as the metal on the ears are gold or silver, you shouldn't have any problems. Twist the earrings regularly and clean with peroxide or alcohol regularly. Don't forget the ibuprofen before the actual piercing. Just like a shot. :) Hope this helps.

Christina - posted on 02/17/2009

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Do it while she is a baby, my daughter is 7 and I got her ears pierced when she was 3 months, never a problem.The older they get the more things they touch, meaning more dirt and germs, when she is older it will bug her more and she will keep grabbing her ears.

Jill - posted on 02/17/2009

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My daughter was 7 months old when we had hers pierced.  I did my research and choose a tatoo palor that was recommened to me.  I visited a few locations to see who I felt most comfortable with.  Just so you know I am not a tatoo person and selected to have hers pierced at that location because of the health inspections and training fo the staff.  DO NOT use some one in a shopping mall - they are too inexperienced.

April - posted on 02/17/2009

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my daughter was three months old when we did hers just make sure when you bath to rinse off ears good and put the piercing fluid on it and keep turning the earrings she will be fine

Sandra-Lee - posted on 02/17/2009

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I dont see anything wrong with it. I had my daughters done at 2 weeks old she was fine i just breastfed her while they were doing it. The younger you get it done the less likely they are to play with them. Just as long as you clean them and turn all the time she should be fine. Good luck with your decision.

Kelly - posted on 02/17/2009

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As long as you keep them clean , infections will not occur. I had my daughters ears pierced at 7 months, she didnt even cry, and I Never had any problems will redness, swelling, or infection. The sooner you get them done the easier it will be for you and her to care from them on a daily basis, and becuase she is so young, she wont be playing with them with germy hands... My daughter is now 3, and loves to pick out her own earrings, and she sits right still for me to change them , which I do only every few wks. even at 3, I dont want her getting in the habit of touching them more than once a month or so.

Parandoosh - posted on 02/17/2009

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I think it`s too soon...why don`t u let her decide for herself when it`s time...sleeping with earings is no fun at six months!!!!...And there`s always the danger of a torn ear lobe when she`s playing with other children....Babies are beautiful anyway ...they don`t need decoration...

Amira - posted on 02/17/2009

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hi! i got my daughter's ears pierced at 4.5 months and it went pretty well and without any infection. just make sure that u keep the"medical" earrings on for at least a month, u can replace them afterwards with the ones u want. the pharmacist gave me an antibiotic cream (fucidin) to use as a prevention when i replaced the initial earrings. good luck!

Joy - posted on 02/17/2009

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I know that everyone thinks it is cute to get there babies ears pierced, but infection is a big deal. I waited till my daughter was three and I let her know how it would be. I pintched her ears with my nails and she still wanted them pierced. So there was two of them and they did it at the same time to cut down on crying time. My thoughts about getting them done at that age is what if they don't want it done when they get older and then they have holes in their ears that they didn't ask for. So that is my thaughts on the matter and you are your oun parent and you can make up your oun mind. I hope this gives you a little help.

Danielle - posted on 02/17/2009

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As long as they are cleaned daily... I cleaned them with a Qtip after baths, so that she is clean and so are your hands... Also, I noticed the younger they are the less they touch them, which in turn, less infection or non at all.



I got my daughters done when she was 6 months and had no problem, she screamed for a mintue and then it was over... I suggest having a bottle or breast which ever ready to soothe her, or what ever you decide.



Good luck!

Angela - posted on 02/17/2009

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depending on where you live you may not be able to get them done ... in the town i live there is only one place that will do them under 5 years  and they have priced it at a large figure to put it out of most peoples budgets



 

Jeanie - posted on 02/17/2009

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My daughter is 2 1/2 and i had hers done when she was 3 months old. We have not had one problem with them and she does not even mess with them. They do have safety backs you can get at the jewelry department at walmart if you are worried she will get them out and swallow them> I would recommend it at a young age. My daughters ped. said that it was fine as long as i waited till she had her first round of shots. I am expecting baby number two in may which is also supposed to be a girl and i will have hers done the same way!

Bonnie - posted on 02/17/2009

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Personally I wouldn't do it. I chose not to do my daughter's ears when she little because I felt like it was her choice because it is her body. Now she is 5 and I have asked if she wanted to do it but she has said no. I told her one day the reason I didn't pirerce in her ears when she was little. She told me she was happy that I made the decision to let her chose when the time was right for her.

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I have a 3 year old and a 5 year old who both got their ears pierced by 2 months, only had a problem with the 3 year old taking the earrings out all the time, now she has holes, but no earrings.  I make her wear a pair for 1 day every 2-3 weeks or so just so they don't close up.  I remember vividly getting my ears pierced when I was about 5 and I didn't want my kids to go thru that.  Just make sure you keep them clean and turn them daily and you should have no problem.

Ajsha - posted on 02/17/2009

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There is nothing to it. I got mine done when I was a month old and have had the same holes for 28 years. My mom said it was more painful for her to watch and I dont remember a thing.

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My advice: Don't do it.  I know that a lot of people think they look cute, and that is a personal preference.  But there is a possiblity that she will be allergic to the metal in the piercing or that once she gets older the piercings may not be even anymore.  I'm of the opinion, though, that this is something a child should decide on its own-boy or girl.  It's not neccessary, and although most girls want their ears pierced later in life, they don't always.  I also do not see how earrings are different than any other piercing, but no one would think of piercing a baby's eyebrow or lip.  When it comes down to it, for me it's about personal taste-the *child's* personal taste, since it is the child's body.

Melinda - posted on 02/17/2009

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This is when we got our daughters ears pierced and it was so easy (well, after the girl figured out how to get her to hold still).  They give you a bottle of stuff to clean them with twice a day which we used loyally and didn't have any problems.



I highly recommend getting them done now as opposed to waiting until their older...much easier to deal with (I couldn't imagine trying to get her to hold still while I cleaned them and turned them now that she is 18 months).

Tara - posted on 02/17/2009

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Surprisingly, Infants pierced ears have less of a chance of getting infected. If she were 5, she'd be attending school and theres no place like school for germs:)

Also, You will find that with a child under 1, once she has gotten over the initial shock, she will forget about them. Which means even less germs!!



You need to remember though, even if you take piercings out, there is always that hole there. Its permanent.



This has been an ongoing debate between my partner and I regarding our 10 month old. He finally has me convinced to save ear piercing as a reward, when we can find out if she actually wants them done.



Good Luck, and if you are still not sure after reading some more comments on here then Im sure the piercer will be happy to answer any questions you have!!

Elisa - posted on 02/17/2009

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I had my daughters ears peirced at 3 months!! She's now two and has never had an infection! Just make sure to clean them regularly and turn them everyday and she should be good!!

Wendy - posted on 02/17/2009

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I would like to know the same! I would love to get my daughters ears pierced but also worry about infection...

Vicki - posted on 02/17/2009

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Hi there i got my nephews ear done he woz a little bit older than 6 mths.( not much) His woz fine.Just keep bathing it and twisting the earings.She.ll be fine go 4 it she.ll look really cute.My dad got my done when i woz a small baby,ive still got them holes now.( Am 29 lol) xx

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