Wherever in the world you may be and whatever race you may have, ear piercing is one of the most common practices for adults and babies. Oftentimes, mothers are in wonder as to when is the best time to get their baby’s ears pierced? They tend to be much more hesitant because they are not sure if they want their baby to go through that painful process. But really, when is the best time to do it and who should do it?
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) made an advice that it is best to have ear piercing when baby is 2 years of age, old enough to take care of it. And by then, her body is already grown enough to cope up with pain and she can already follow instructions to help her in taking care of her pierced ear. However, Dr. Ocampo- a Pediatrician, made a sensible argument that the best age for baby’s ear piercing is around 2 months old. Why? Here are the answers:
•Can’t Touch their Ears
Baby at this age has not developed the initiative to locate the certain part of her body that is in pain. Likely, he won’t be able to grab or pull the earings out and touch her ears unlike those who are around 6 months and above. Thus, very less chance of getting ears infected through germs and bacteria, so as long as mommy sanitizes and keep the area clean.
•Older Kids Might Get Scared
Children who are old enough to decide in getting ears pierced are the ones who become more fussy and end up crying on the time they were about to get it. Unlike 2 months old baby who doesn’t know anything yet, so right then and there, it could be done just like that.
Around 2 months old, first doze of vaccination is already taken including tetanus so that gives mommy peace of mind too.
Younger infants are more acquainted and used to eat-sleep routine. Even if they experience a little pain, it is easy for them to find comfort so as long as they are full, they can just sleep it off, unlike those who are 2 years and above who could be extra fussy and can even add a little more drama into it. They could keep on crying and screaming to only to get your attention.
What you can do as a parent:
Choose a professional to do it so you could have a peace of mind. Some pediaticians can perform this in their clinics during your visit. If not, you can look for jewelry shops that are experienced in piercing babies and make sure they are proven to be safe and can do it in a professional manner.
Try choosing stud earings that are 24karat gold. Yep, quite expensive, but sure is worth it since these don’t trigger allergies.
Keep the pierced area clean. You can rotate the studs slowly to make sure they don’t stick to the healing lobes of your little one.
It sure is a little bit painful but ear piercing is not something to be highly worried about. The level of risk is not something you should stress over. So when your baby is feeling the pain, just give her more love to compensate and in no time, all the pain will be healed and forgotten.