Baby Ear Piercing

Should You Pierce Baby’s Ears? Yay or Nay?

September 9, 2011


Farah Silver, Good Question, hot topic

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Baby Ear Piercing
My daughter is almost two and a half, and her ears are still not pierced.  I haven’t really given it much thought, actually, but then I saw Salma Hayek talk about it on Regis and Kelly yesterday.  The actress dished that her three-year old daughter, Valentina, doesn’t have her ears pierced yet and it’s partly because Hayek’s mother is paranoid about the needles and how they might be harmful to Valentina’s health.  Um, yeah, a needle is a needle.  But what’s ironic is that she had Salma’s ears pierced when she was a baby.

I’m in the same boat.  My ears were pierced before I was walking, and although I don’t remember ever having any problems with my ears or earrings–I even remember wearing gold dangling earrings when I was really little–I can’t imagine doing the same with my daughter.  Don’t get me wrong.  Eventually, I’d like her to get her ears pierced, but what’s the rush?  I can’t imagine having to worry about keeping the earrings and piercings clean when there are so many other things to worry about.  And the whole choking hazard thing?  Forget it!

I’m perfectly fine waiting until my daughter is old enough to make the decision herself.  I mean, what if she doesn’t even want her ears pierced?  Scratch that.  Knowing my little girl, she’ll definitely want it done sooner or later.  I’m just hoping that when she does ask for it, she’ll be old enough to be able to take care of her pierced ears herself.

What about you?  When did you think is a good time to pierce your daughter’s ears?  Yes to baby ear piercings or wait until she’s older?  Sound off in the comments below.

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  • Head Ant
    September 14, 2011

  • I was six when I got my ears pierced for my birthday. I was aware of it and asked for it to be done. Any child under two isn’t really going to ask for it. It’s best to wait to an age where the child can ask to have it done and realize it’s going to hurt.

  • Tracey
    September 20, 2011

  • I was 12 or 13 when I got my ears pierced. I remember wanting to have it done and begging my parents for it. I think it was a rite of passage, and I was old enough to care for them myself.
    I now have 2 daughters aged 4 and 1.5 and I will also wait until they ask for it, and are old enough to care for them themselves.
    I realize it is sometimes a cultural thing in some families to have baby’s ears pierced. My niece’s mother wanted to have them done right away, but my brother said no, and compromised with a gold bracelet and necklace instead.

  • Kristin
    September 20, 2011

  • We got my daughters ears pierced when she was 6 months old. The choking hazard arguement is valid, but foolish me didn’t think of that beforehand. I don’t have any regrets though. I see so many young girls (including myself) have screaming/crying fits when they finally ask to have theirs done and I didn’t want to deal with that. No, I didn’t wait for her to make the decision. She hasn’t suffered from it and if she decides later she doesn’t want them, we’ll take them out. no harm done as far a i can tell. I guess I got lucky as well because she doesn’t play with them at all, never has.

  • Summer M.
    September 20, 2011

  • Well, I always thought that I would let my two girls decide when/if they wanted their ears pierced. My 2 yr old wanted her ears done and wouldn’t let up about it. After a month of begging, I took her to get it done. I put the numbing cream (that you get from your Dr. for shots) on for about an hour first. She felt nothing! About a month after that, my 4 year old decided she wanted them. Numbing cream again, no problem. That was about 6 months ago and both girls got tired of earrings and neither have them anymore. I feel awful that I caved because now I worry about the cartilage scarring and being harder to pierce later. I was 6 when I had mine done and I wish I would have made my daughters wait a bit longer.

  • Tara
    September 20, 2011

  • My mom pierced my ears when I was a kid. I’ll always remember how bad it hurt. I do think she was selfish to o this. I did not want the pain but she thought I looked cute.

  • kate
    September 20, 2011

  • My mom made me wait until i was 10 and it was my decision. i actually liked that because it was such a big deal and i was SO EXCITED! Taking care of them myself also gave me a sense of responsibility. I have a daughter now and will do the same thing since it was such a positive experience for me. Plus if she doesn’t want them she has that choice as well.

  • Helen Williams Chaffins
    September 20, 2011

  • I had it done when I was 4 because I begged my mother to get them. I will do the same for my daughter. I won’t use numbing cream though as some have suggested I think at least for me its important for her to learn that the things that you want have consequences and sometimes a little pain is worth it. I don’t understand why the email made this post sound so controversial though I hate that MomFinds has been hyping their stuff like that lately.

  • Junglewife
    September 20, 2011

  • My husband and I are expats living in an overseas country where just about all little girls have their ears pierced as part of the culture. We got our firstborn’s pierced at age 1 1/2. Sure, it was painful, but she cried for less than 5 minutes and it was done. I never worried about infection or choking. We just left in the original earrings they did the piercing with for at least a year. Those earrings click in solidly, and I don’t think there is any danger of them just falling out. With our 2nd, I had hers pierced at 7 weeks, just after her first set of shots. No infection with her, either. Neither of them will remember the pain. Here, it is customary to pierce the little girls’ ears in the hospital, so we were quite late in piercing both our girls’ ears!
    Now, at ages 3 and 5, they love having pierced ears, and wearing “fun” earrings. I’m sure we will have other battles as they get older, but the battle for piercing their ears or not will not be one of them!

  • Haeraee
    September 20, 2011

  • I had my ears pierced as an infant, my mother had hers pierced as an infant as did her mother and so did my daughter, she was 2 months and cried for about 15 minutes. After the piercing healed I put screwback earrings in so there was no worry about them falling out. She’s 3 now and she adores them. She’ll never remember the pain and I figured earpiercing was inevitable so now we’ve gotten that out of the way:)

  • Ginger Jilly Beth
    September 22, 2011

  • My mom had mine done as an infant. I have no memory of it and now I can wear earrings whenever I like. I don’t very often just because I have sensitive skin and the metal can cause a reaction but I don’t think that was a result of getting them done so young. I’m glad she did that because when I got older I decided to get the top of my ear pierced and it hurt so bad I let it close up!

  • Allyson
    September 28, 2011

  • I don’t agree with piercing a child’s ears before they are old enough to decide for themselves. I just don’t think it’s right to put a child through pain for the sake of vanity. Also, when I got mine done in the 6th grade, we didn’t know that my skin reacts HORRIBLY when certain metals are in contact with an open wound. My ears got extremely swollen and covered in oozing blisters. It was awful. I would never risk letting something like that happen to my child just because earrings look cute.