Piercing baby's ears under one
Another age old debate is whether or not you should pierce your baby girl’s ears. If you go on forums you will see people slating mothers that have chosen to do this saying it is child abuse and it's wrong etc. Honestly though, have you ever seen a child under 10 who hasn’t had her ears pierced? People are too quick to judge nowadays and shouldn’t be so mean, too many strangers interfere in other people’s lives, they should back off and keep their opinions to themselves.
When I had my little girl, I wanted to pierce her ears as soon as possible, not because I wanted her to wear nice earrings or show that she is a girl but because I wanted to save her the pain when she’s older. I have a second ear piercing when I was 11 by my own choice, I hated it! It was so painful I couldn’t sleep for 3 days; I remember constantly asking for paracetamol just so I could sleep. Then when that wore off or didn’t work I had to sleep with an ice pack against my ear. I also got my nose pierced at 14 and yes that hurt like crazy too.
In fact everyone I know has had their ears pierced before the age of two and no-one from my inner circle has questioned or judged me from piercing my baby’s ears.
Piercing baby’s ears at 8 months
I finally got round to it when my daughter was eight months, we went to a well known jewellers in Port Louis and the ears were cleaned and numbing cream was applied; they were also marked so the piercer knew where to pierce. The first one was quick as my daughter had no clue, but the second was harder because she knew what to expect. She cried for a few minutes then calmed down. When we got into the car to drive home she started crying again, I then gave her some Calpol (baby pain relief/paracetamol) and she was fine. She slept fine that night and never indicated that her ears were hurting her. Four months later and I haven’t changed her earrings yet as I have no need to, also nice earrings for babies are hard to find here. When she had her ears pierced, I was a little shocked when the jeweller said that I could change the earrings after just one week, needless to say I was in no rush and common sense would tell you that in no way would it have healed for me to change the earrings.
My niece of the same age also had her ears pierced but she pulled out one of the earrings, and as her parents didn’t put the earring back in straight away, it closed up thus her needing to have her ear re-pierced. It was horrendous she screamed and cried her eyes out; even now she is conscious of her ears and doesn’t like them to be touched. I tried to put a small baby clip in her hair once, and when it clicked she screamed thinking I was piercing her ears (it makes the same noise). I am glad that I pierced my daughter’s ears because it will save her the pain I went through and I still remember it clear as day.