When Should I Let My Daughter Get Her Ears Pierced

Ear piercing has been around for centuries and has been practiced by both sexes. Its primary objective is to wear ear studs or ear rings, which has been a way to enhance the appearance and appeal of the face. There are other reasons associated with ear piercing. The acupuncture specialists say that ear piercing, which Is primarily done on the earlobe, is good for the vision as earlobe happens to be the sensitive point for eyes. In some cultures it is supposed to ward off evil. It is also inherent in some religions like Hinduism where it is an elaborate ritual involving priests and family members. Irrespective of faith, culture or what part of world one lives in, ear piercing is practiced today as it was done millenniums ago.

Next question that comes to mind is “what is the right age for getting ear piercing done on the child”. First we have a look at the social norms which have been prevalent in older cultures. In the hindus the ear piercing is traditionally done around the age of 2 or 3 years and it has been done for centuries. This gives us a base age from which we can go backward to see if there is a benchmark year for the same. Is some of the parts and cultures the ear piercing is done with in the first year of the baby’s birth. Lets consider what the medical community has to say on safe age for ear piercing. After all if we are getting the ear pierced for looks and associated health benefits. As per the doctors there is no medical reason to wait for a particular age as even the new born child can have the ear piercing done as it actually is literally a painless procedure. You may be surprised but it actually hurts less than getting a shot in the arm.

The only thing that we need to be careful about is the hygiene of the place and instruments where it is being done. Keep the following things in mind when getting the ear pierced. 1. Ensure that the earlobe is cleaned with alcohol or any medical fluid to remove germs. 2. The gun or the instrument being used for piercing is cleaned using same procedure. 3. Use gold or any metal that the child is not allergic to, for filling the piercing. 4. Clean the earlobe 4-5 times a day to ensure the ears are devoid of any infection. Fifth and the most important thing to remember is to keep an eye on the earlobe for any swelling or anything which shows infection and if you see any such thing visit the doctor immediately.

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