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Piercing Baby's Ears

Baby Bling: Should Babies Have Their Ears Pierced?

The other day I ran into a mom who proudly shared that she was having her tot's ears pierced that afternoon. She inquired if I had plans for my 3-year-old to be bedazzled, and honestly, I hadn't thought about it. My lobes weren't punctured until I was the ripe old age of 13 and I had figured it would be about the same for my daughter — if she's even interested then.

Baby ear piercing isn't for everyone and is more of a personal family decision than a societal one. Sure, popping studs in your lil one's ears helps define her as a girl, but you could also toss on a pink headband or dress her in head-to-toe pastels. There are several areas of the world where piercing an infant's ears happens before they even head home from the hospital. So why does the idea of baby ear piercing still cause some mamas to cringe?

If you do chose to bling your baby, pediatricians suggest waiting until after your child has had her DPT shots (diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus) and working with a reputable salon that has experience piercing infant's ears — or having your pediatrician do it. Select small studs that nestle in the lobe so tender ears won't get snagged while putting on and taking off clothing. And be prepared to properly care for the piercings with daily cleanings and turning of the posts.

What do you think? Baby ear piercing — yea or nay?

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