I’m very aware that piercing your baby’s ears is a heated subject with many moms quick to shame those who do so. However, I am here to say my side and why I decided to pierce my baby girl’s ears.
When my baby girl turned 5 months old I had her ears pierced at my pediatrician’s office. I know 5 months seems young, but her doctor advised me that it’s better to do it now when they are young rather than later because when they get a little older they can pull at them and cause an infection.
Before the procedure I numbed her ears with ice (15mins before) and lidocaine numbing cream (applied a thick layer 45 mins before) and during the procedure I nursed her. They did not use a piercing gun. It was a piercing device that did not make a sound as to not frighten her and when it was done she barely even cried at all, she flinched a little but then carried on nursing and forgot alllllll about it.
I followed the aftercare instructions from her doctor and they healed so quickly, she didn’t touch them, they didn’t bother her and she was able to sleep on the side of her head comfortably.
Now she is almost 10 months old and she is not bothered by them nor picks them because she is so used to them being there!
I know a lot of people may say “it’s cruel causing unnecessary pain to your child, blah, blah” but with the right pre-care of numbing and aftercare the whole procedure is a lot less traumatic than when they have it done when they’re older. I remember as a child having mine done and the fear of waiting for them to be done, not to mention the effort of self cleaning for them to only close over after they had to be removed for school. I think i had to have them done about 2-3 times before they actually healed without closing up, it just would have been a lot easier if I had them pierced as a baby!
That’s just my opinion, everyone has the right to have their own opinion and to do what they feel is best for their child.