Ear piercings have been carried out since biblical times, and are a common practice even today. In certain societies, even boys have their ears pierced during infancy. In spite of this, it is a difficult decision for the parents due to the pain it causes to the child. Many experts are in fact, against ear piercings of new-borns, some considering it a form of cruelty. However, if you must, the entire process can be made a lot easier with the following tips.
As per the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP), there is no particular age to get a child’s ears pierced. Irrespective of the age, ear piercings are quite safe as long they are done hygienically, and correctly. Some parents get their infant’s ears pierced as early as when the baby is just 12 days old while some wait until the baby’s first birthday.
AAP advises to wait until the child is mature enough to take care of pierced ears, which translates to two to three years approximately. This can be considered the correct age to get ear piercings done as the child is old enough to understand language and instructions. Moreover, the skin of the ear is still soft but not as delicate as earlier. Also, by that age, major immunizations would have been done, which further minimizes chances of infections.
Some parents prefer getting their baby’s ears pierced at their local jeweller, whilst some prefer to visit a medical practitioner who performs these procedures. However, there is no restriction, provided the person is experienced and performing it under aseptic conditions.
Ear piercings are different for infants and adults in some respects. Hence, keep in mind the following tips:
The procedure is very similar to that of adults.
The best place to pierce baby ears is the bottom ear lobe. Areas other than this are not meant for piercings during childhood, and not recommended by paediatricians.