infant ear piercing...

Becky - posted on 08/19/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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I was wondering if anyone could give me advice on this subject? Pros/cons

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i had my daughters done at 6 months and she cried for a bit but i showed her the "pretties" in her ears in the mirror and she was fine. we have had no sign of any infections or problems i dont see a problem with piercing an infants ears.

Tracy - posted on 09/05/2009

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Got my daughter done at 17 weeks, no problems and she didnt even flinch

Pros: They dont really feel it/remember the pain, less chance of infection, they dont touch or play with the peircing, they dont tend to sleep on their ears so more comfortable.

Cons:People will treat you like you got their nose peirced!!!!

Nicole - posted on 09/02/2009

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I think most places will pierce your baby's ears if she is at least 3 months? That's what I've heard. I have a boy so I have never had to think much about this, but I have many friends who have pierced their baby's ears. I had mine done when I was 2, and I have always loved having them there, I am happy my mom did it when I was young enough to not remember the pain! A lot of people tell me that they did it when the child was 3-6 months old and they had a little cry, nothing more than they would cry about a bottle of milk, and then they were fine. So it's up to you, if you can bare it :)

Kylie - posted on 09/02/2009

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well from others boards on this conversation i would have to say its really up to you but all the conversations say make sure whenever you get it done ...make sure they don't use a gun they a very unclean and they don't go threw the sterilization process that needles do also wait untill the 2-3 set of needles at least.Some of the pro's i'v heard are the don't freak out as much over the pain when they are little and they get used to you cleaning them easier because you have always done it..con's would have to be that sometimes and not always babies can have reactions and its harder for them to tell you because they are little..ummm i'm sure there were other con's but i think that was the main one apart from how they felt (the adults that is) seeing a baby with pierced ears.

Chantel - posted on 09/02/2009

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Well I tried it both ways I waited until my oldest daughter was a/b 3 and she wouldn't let me clean touch or change her earrings w/o a fight until she was 5. My second child I got hers done at 6mths she cried for like two minutes and she doesn't like anyting she has to sit still for now but I haven't had ne problems w/ her.

Kylie - posted on 09/02/2009

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i would just to let you know that there is some really great information from one of the mums called katie who used to be a piercer you should really read it its in the topic "at what age is piercing appropriate"and the subject gets quite heated...

Beth - posted on 09/02/2009

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I thought about this when my daughter was a baby but my husband didn't want me to get them pierced, she is now 4. She asked me a couple weeks ago if I could take her to get "poky earrings". I thought it was so cute and she was really excited about it. Of course it hurt for a couple minutes but she quickly got over that. I really enjoyed this and I think she did too it was a big girl thing to do and she is now really proud of them.

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Who is it your decision to put a hole in your daughters body? Let her make the choice and take the responsibility! Make it a reward for later in life. And what purpose does it serve now anyway? Most babies are cute to begin with, and a pair of earrings isn't really saying anything for the baby, just about you! - Just my opinion. I was 13 when I got mine and my daughter will be at least 10. There is NO reason for them, whatsoever.

Clare - posted on 08/19/2009

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Quoting Diana:

But for me, in my own experience, I loved going with my mom and having them done because I got to be a "big" girl like her and like the teenagers I saw hanging out with my older brothers-it was a really big deal to me, really special, and I'm glad I got to experience it when I was old enough to remember it.


I agree. I got mine pierced when I was 12. My mum wasn't allowed until she was 21. If my dad had it his way I would have been 21 when I got them done aswell. I remember when I got them done I went around showing everyone my beautiful earrings. I loved it and felt really special.



I am not a fan of infant ear piercing either. I used to do earpiercing when I worked in a pharmacy. We would have to do tandum earpiercing for the little ones because once the first one was done they didn't want to stay still to have it done again. Fair enough aswell. It just seemed so cruel.



They idea of earpiercing seems a little too sexy for a baby. That is just my opinion. I know people don't get it done for that reason or that reason alone but it just doesn't seem right to me to do that to a little person who should be thinking more about playing, getting dirty and having fun than trying to look pretty.

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Like some other things, this is a personal choice. But if I had a little girl, she would have to wait until she was old enough to notice that I had them and she didn't and to ask for them before we went. That gives me enough time to figure out if she is allergic to any metals, and it puts the decision in her hands instead of mine. I have friends who never wanted their ears pierced, and they're glad their mothers never had them done. Then again-I have friends who have had them done since infancy and they liked not having to take care of the piercing. But for me, in my own experience, I loved going with my mom and having them done because I got to be a "big" girl like her and like the teenagers I saw hanging out with my older brothers-it was a really big deal to me, really special, and I'm glad I got to experience it when I was old enough to remember it.

Melissa - posted on 08/19/2009

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Quoting Loureen:

I am not a fan of infant ear piercing , i think its good to wait till they are old enough to ask for it and take responsibility .
If you do wait , make a day of it have lunch , pierce the ears and go to the park or something .
It can be a really special " rights of passage " type of thing .
I remember how special and grown up i felt when i had it done , it was like i was finally a big girl and we shared the most beautiful day together .



Agreed. I'm not a fan of infant piercing either, but I never thought of making a day out of it. How special that would be to a little girl. I know I would've loved something like that. Too sweet!



 



Also, piercing guns are bad. Nothing should be pierced with one.

Kim - posted on 08/19/2009

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I got my daughter's done shortly after she turned 9 months old. The only problem I had so far is when I accidentally caught one of her ear rings on a shirt she was wearing. There was just a little blood but it didn't even phase her. As far as the piercing itself she didn't even cry when they did it.

Jess - posted on 08/19/2009

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I think it's cute for babies to have them done. Im going to wait just because I don't want to deal with it but if you want it then go for it. Watch out though because there are people who are really rude about it and will chew you out for doing it. Good luck!

Charlie - posted on 08/19/2009

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I am not a fan of infant ear piercing , i think its good to wait till they are old enough to ask for it and take responsibility .
If you do wait , make a day of it have lunch , pierce the ears and go to the park or something .
It can be a really special " rights of passage " type of thing .
I remember how special and grown up i felt when i had it done , it was like i was finally a big girl and we shared the most beautiful day together .

Betty - posted on 08/19/2009

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If you like them than you should get it done early on because babies wont get infected as easy as an 8 year old would. As long as she's healthy there shouldn't be a problem. I don't think it's a good idea to drug up a baby beforehand and there shouldn't be any pain after about five minutes. Make sure the back of the earring isn't pressed up against the ear lobe because that will cause an infection and it could get really nasty overnight.
Personally, I don't care for earrings myself so my girls will have to ask me one day and I will let them of course. Earrings give me the willies and it has to matter to them or I'm not dealing with it.
I hope you are talking about getting a daughter's ears pierced because I've seen baby boys with the one earring and that is so tacky.

Jamie - posted on 08/19/2009

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Pros: they heal faster, child wont remember the pain, less likely to become infected because the are less apt to play with them



cons: while i see none, some say that it should be the childs choice



my daughter got hers done at 3 months, i have had no problems with the. i think they are adorable and am glad i did it.

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