Blessed with a baby girl is fascinating. In our society, although debated by some countries and communities, piercing a baby girl’s ears is usual. Some parents think this is the way of differentiating a baby girl from the boy. Some others think this is the way to arise feminine characteristic of a baby girl—by putting in earrings, while some others do it because their parents used to perform it when they were young. Despite your personal reason to pierce your baby’s ears, you have to make sure to have an expert do it for your baby, if you are not sure you can do it by yourself. You can ask for help to a midwife or pediatrician.
Why or why not pierce your baby’s ears?
Whether you should or should not pierce your baby girl’s ears is a matter of preference. There is nothing in the society that makes ear piercing compulsory. Medically, piercing your baby’s ears is not related to any medical reason. It is only an old custom in society about the first things you might want to do when having a baby girl. Excited mothers normally do anything to dress their baby girls up. One of those is putting earrings to their daughter’s ears to make them look more feminine than baby boys. Mythically, it is said that there is a spot in woman’s ear that has to be pierce in order to get rid of woman’s excessive sex appeal. This was why some old cultures believe that by piercing their daughter’s ears, they are preventing their daughters to have the same sex appeal than men do. However, this is definitely a myth which has not been scientifically proven. Thus, to pierce or not to pierce, it is definitely your choice.
When should I have my baby’s ears pierced?
When you decide to get your baby’s ears pierced, you have to find trusted place or practitioners to do the job. Piercing ears are not merely put a needle into the ears, and has to be done carefully and under some circumstances. Some parents have their baby’s ears pierced right after birth at the hospital, some others when their baby reaches the age of 6 months, and the rest waits until their daughters are old enough to choose whether or not they want pierced ears. However, since piercing baby girl’s ears is really common in our society, there are only few numbers of mothers and daughters that choose not to pierce their ears. When you finally decide to have your baby’s ears pierced, there are some considerations you have to put in mind.
- The best age to have your baby’s ears pierced is 3 to 6 months, although some mothers prefer to get their baby’s ears pierced right after birth. Should you choose to get the pierce when your baby is very young—in the age of 0 to 1 month, it won’t be a serious problem as long as you are concerned with the possible risks. When your baby turns three, you should have almost completed the immunization she needs. Hence, her immune system has developed and can protect her from catching several diseases. Piercing your baby always rises the possibility of infection and hepatitis disease. When your baby immune system is well-developed, you should worry less than when they did not have one in the age of zero.
- Have your baby’s ears pierced by trusted hospital or practitioners. You might also want to choose which tool you prefer—the traditional needle or professional ear piercing gun.
- All instruments used for piercing are to be sterilized before used. This is to prevent the contamination of hepatitis disease. Asking for disposable needle is a wise act.
- After pierced, put 24-carat-gold earrings to your baby’s ears. Avoid any other kinds of metals as they might cause allergies. You should wipe the pierced areas afterward with rubbing alcohol to avoid infection. When your baby is allergic to gold, immediately remove the earrings and wait until the infection cured before putting them back.
- Breastfeed your baby after piercing to give her comfort and get rid of the pain more quickly.