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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Follow up "To Pierce or Not to Pierce"

Right after she got her ears pierced

We did it.  Earlier this Spring Aubrey got her ears pierced.  After much thought and internal debate, I came to the conclusion that it just wasn't a big deal if I got her ears pierced now.  I had completely over analyzed the decision.

My thoughts and advice on the piercing topic.  Ask your pediatrician.  Ours pierces ears in the office with the head nurse manning the gun.  Completely sterile, done by a trained adult, and all for the affordable price of $25.  When I asked what age our pediatrician recommended for ear piercing, she informed me that she sees less infections in babies and toddlers than young girls.  So we went with it.  She has tiny pearl studs that are adorable.  The actual piercing was pretty quick.  She cried, of course, I had expected her to.  But after a minute she had completely forgotten.  That night when I cleaned them for the first time, she cried again.  Since then, we have had no problems at all.

We have bought her new earrings and changed them (after waiting the allotted time).  Changing is a bit tricky with a wiggly one year old.  She has also already lost an earring, boo.  I have discovered that good secure backs are hard to find.  So for now she is wearing her pearls until I can locate some good backs that are safe for babies toddlers.


  1. Wow! I didn't know Dr. Young did that----great advice for people looking to get their little one's ears pierced!

  2. Affton,

    Its a personal choice. Your dd's pearl earrings are gorgeous! For what its worth, I pierced my daughter’s ears at 6 weeks. She was asleep, we did one ear, I nursed her back down, and we did the other. She barely flinched or cried. Our ped said doing it when mommy could care for them was best. Yes, it can be done at the mall, but some of those gals aren’t experienced doing tiny, wiggly infants. But my pediatrician and her nurses have done hundreds including their own little baby girls all under 3months.

    I also nursed my daughter right after it was done…so they only cried for a minute…literally. Of course, that isn’t an option for everyone, but it worked well for our girls. None of them were bothered by the earrings while sleeping, and didn’t try to pull them out either.

    Try getting some screwback earrings to prevent lost earrings. They work great. She’s had 14K gold baby screwback earrings in since I changed her out and put some little pearl earrings to replace the starter studs. I love little girls with pearls and think it makes them look so ingenue and like little cherubs.

    Congrats on making a great decision on behalf of your dd. She'll thank you later for the "gift of pierced
    ears" as an infant. If you or any mom would like any of our ped’s care tips for infants, then don’t hesitate to write me an e-mail.