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The Great Earring Debate: The Follow Up

Addie and a Butterfly

Remember a couple weeks ago I posted about the great debate over our little girl having her ears pierced, and how I am standing my ground that she must wait till she is older?

Well… while doing some reading in some great parenting magazines this past week, I came across an article written by a pediatrician about little girls, and getting their ears pierced. I thought it was going to prove my husbands case for actually having it done… but it didn’t!

It proved my case for waiting!

I wanted to share some of the information because there were a lot of people torn on how they should feel or act on this specific subject, and there was some great information included.

One of the first suggestions was to wait until your baby has had at least one, or two of their DTaP vaccinations. Those are typically given at 15-18 months old. This suggestion is because of the possibility of a needle that is not properly cleaned giving your little one tetanus, which the DTaP shot protects your child against.

Another suggestion was talking to your pediatrician about it. Find out if there is someone in their office that can pierce your childs ears with a clean, and disposable needle as opposed to the piercing guns they use in the mall which are notorious for spreading infection, and not being properly cleaned.  In this case, there can be the option of topical pain relief for your little one also.  Because we know for a baby, it is going to hurt.   Another pain relief option they suggest is nursing immediately after it is done to help your little one calm down.

Make sure you choose earrings carefully for your little one to help avoid allergic reactions to the metal, as well as the chance that they can pull the earrings out.  Studs that cannot be pulled out in 14-karat gold, stainless steel, platinum, or titanium are typically recommended.   Hoops, and anything dangling earrings can be easily pulled right out by little hands.

All those suggestions are certainly for those who will choose to go ahead and pierce their little ones ears, but I can tell you… all it did for me is want to put it off even longer.

Maybe I can get her to wait till she is a teen?  I doubt it but it certainly is wishful thinking!

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