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Is It Safe To Pierce Your Baby's Ears?

Have you considered piercing your baby's ears? In some cultures, this is common practice, while others may leave the decision up to the child when they are older. Regardless of your reasonsings, should you consider piercing your baby's ears, here are some things to consider before making the big step.


Many jewelry stores or tattoo parlors require proof of vaccinations prior to piercing your child's ears. It's best to consult with your pediatrician prior to hear their view and ensure there won't be negative results from having your baby's ears pierced prior to having them done. In some cases, the doctors or nurses staffed are able to safely pierce your baby's ears in the office.


To completely heal, it may take 4 to 12 months for the piercing to become permanent. The earrings will need to be turned daily so that the hole does not close up. Children who are school aged may have a harder time with complications as they are exposed to more germs. Irritation or infection can occur if the earlobes are handled and the child's hands are not clean. Be cautious of metal allergies that may be discovered during the process. Ensure quality earrings are used to receive the best outcome. Low quality earrings can encourage infections and other irritations.

Whatever the choice, making an informed decision after talking with your baby's pediatrician is always the best bet.


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