OK, I am going to put this out there, mostly because I am trying to sort out my feelings on the subject but also because I am curious as to what others’ opinions are on the subject of infant ear piercing. For many years I have been against ear piercing for infants. I had many reasons behind this belief and I often felt sorry for those poor baby girls who’s ears had been pierced against their will. But I will be the first to admit that my feelings have changed on many issues over the years and I am starting to wonder if this too, is one of them.
First of all, I am finding myself obsessed with the idea. I am always on the look out for happy and adorable baby girls with pierced ears, not to criticize, but to admire. Since practically the day my daughter was born I have imagined her with pierced ears but keep talking myself out of it because, for heaven’s sake, I don’t believe in it! Honestly now there is one big reason that has been holding me back. Allergies. I myself had a terrible reaction to my own ear piercings and I worry the same might happen to her. I mentioned this to someone and they told me that true surgical steel is non-allergenic. Is that true? Ever since I heard that, piercing Virginina’s ears is on my mind constantly and I just can’t decide what to do!
Pros to early piercing
Cleanliness: It’s a lot easier to keep a baby’s ears clean and to make sure they heal properly. A little girl might forget and so might an older girl.
Less Chance of infection because it’s easier to keep them clean.
Cuteness: She will look like a sweet little girl and will always look dressed up without having to wear bows, hats and hairbands all the time.
Mom and Daughter bonding: She will get to participate when her older sister and mom go out on a girl’s day and shop at Claire’s
Cons to early piercing
It could cause an allergic reaction and the holes would have to close anyway.
People might judge me (sad but that is definitely one thing that holds me back)
Child has no choice in the matter
I plan to pierce them eventually anyway. Is earlier better than later? What do you think?