00:22 - Piercing ears is a decision
00:38 - Best age to pierce your daughter's ears
00:52 - Wait until the age of around 10 years old?
01:37 - Get it done before they get to the toddler years?
02:10 - Anywhere from 6 months old to 18 months old?
02:42 - Make sure that you're using the right type of earrings
To pierce or not to pierce my child's ears, that is the question. Hi everybody, my name is Harper Jones with Bow-Tiger and you're watching Saturdays with Harper. Although this conversation maybe is focused more towards the baby girls, we can also discuss this with baby boys as well.
Piercing ears is a decision that a lot of parents go through. Some people are adamant in not allowing their children to get their ears pierced. Some people feel that maybe it's a better idea to get it done when they're younger so they don't even remember that it hurt. So what is the best age to pierce your daughter's or possibly your son's ear or ears?
Now as I said, there's a lot of discussion and opinion about this specific subject. A lot of people may wait until the age of around 10 years old and not allow their children to do it before then. One, because it allows your child the option to have an opinion of whether or not they want their ears pierced, and then the other reason is because at 10 years old, their hygiene is a little bit better. They're better at taking care of themselves and they understand that they need to stay clean, that they maybe need to take care of their earrings while their ears are healing, etc. So maybe waiting until an older age is a good idea.
Now if you are one of the parents that is very pro on getting their ears pierced when they're younger, you'd like to have it, you think it looks cute and you want them to have it done, I would actually say that you'd want to get it done before they get to the toddler years. The reason for that is just the amount of fidgeting that they're going to do with their ears. When they're younger, once they have their ears pierced, they kind of forget about it so there isn't going to be a whole lot of touching of the ears. It's a little bit easier for you to keep clean. Of course, the hygiene after the ears are pierced is super, super important. So if your children aren't necessarily touching them as much, this will keep them cleaner and make it easier for the healing process to do its thing.
So I would say anywhere from 6 months old to 18 months old is best if you are deciding to pierce their ears at a younger age. If you decide not to, I would just say, "Okay, then we're waiting until she's 10." Any of those in between years does pose a risk of infection because they're much more apt to mess with their ears, try to touch their ears, twist their earrings, etc. You only want to do that, of course, when you're cleaning the actual pierced location.
Another thing I wanted to mention is if you guys are deciding to pierce her ears, make sure that you're using the right type of earrings. A lot of metal types can actually pose allergic reactions to children. So you want to make sure that you're using a stainless steel, medical grade really, surgical steel is what we want to use as their initial earrings for both the earrings and the post, and this will just lessen the irritation while the healing's going on.
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