Getting Your Baby Girl’s Ears Pierced: Right, Wrong, Or… Who Cares?
Making the decision to pierce your baby’s or toddler’s ears is a big deal, whether it seems like it or not. Some moms are so excited about getting their baby’s ears pierced that they have it done as early as possible. Some moms like to wait until their daughters are a bit older. Then there are those who wait until their daughters are able to decide, and it’s a special day for them. Regardless of your decision on when you pierce your child’s ears, if at all, it’s important that you do your research and find the best, professional ear piercing service provider. You don’t want just anyone putting holes in your baby’s or child’s ears, so choose wisely.
The Argument Against It
Those who oppose the idea of getting a baby’s/toddler’s ears pierced often say it’s because of age: A girl that young cannot give her approval. Another argument is that, obviously, holes are being put into the ear lobes and that it’s abusive to put someone so young through that – especially without an understanding of what it is.
Another argument for piercing the ears of a baby or toddler is the risk of infection. This is a legit argument, as it can and does happen when the ears are not properly cared for during the healing process after the ears have been pierced. The ears will also be sore for a few months, and very sensitive. It’s dangerous if the baby or toddler pulls at her ears for whatever reason, as her ear lobes can tear and this can cause infections, not to mention a lot of pain.
Some Facts To Consider
- Your baby’s ear lobes need to be developed before piercing them, so it’s important that you wait until at least 4-5 months before piercing your baby’s ears.
- If your baby or anyone touches her ear lobes/earrings with unwashed hands in the first couple of months after getting them pierced, it can cause an infection. Babies, of course, don’t understand this.
- You must be meticulous about your baby’s ear lobes and the piercings, to keep them from getting infected.
- Earrings that are tugged on, whether by the baby or even getting yanked by clothing or other accessories (as well as play-time) can tear the ear lobes. You definitely don’t want that to happen.
- Earrings containing nickel can be harmful, particularly if there are any allergies. Earrings without any metal at all are safest.
- Little girls who are old enough to understand what earrings are and who want their own ears pierced can enjoy the excitement and have the childhood memory of having it done. It’s even more fun when they get to choose their first earrings themselves.
- Babies are beautiful and don’t need earrings to make them more so.
- Ear piercings are cosmetic and an ongoing (unnecessary) responsibility.
The Bottom Line
If you have a young daughter and you don’t want her ears pierced, then don’t get them pierced. No matter how much you disagree with it, you can’t control what other parents do. Ear piercings are neither good nor evil – they are simply cosmetic. There are a lot of things happening in the world, and allowing yourself to be stressed out over whether a baby or toddler has pierced ears is, well, trivial. There are children who aren’t eating enough, and who have poor health because of it. There are children who aren’t clothed properly. There are children who aren’t given the proper medical attention they need.
If you are an advocate for taking good care of children, then it’s highly recommended that you focus on doing what you can do to see that needs are met for children who are lacking in things they need.
Remember, a lot of things regarding child raising are controversial. Everything from breast-feeding vs. formula-feeding a baby, organic products vs. non-organic products, cloth diapers vs. disposable diapers, to little girls wearing makeup and putting them in beauty pageants. Even certain educational topics are considered controversial.