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Ear Piercing in 7 Month Old

I'm going to be taking my daughter to the pediatrician to have her ears pierced. She will be 7 months old when she gets this done. I was wondering for those of you that have had your infants ears pierced, how were they afterwards? Were they cranky afterwards? If so, for how long? And finally, was it hard to get them to sleep at night?

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Thank you all for your responses. I didn't realize I would stir up a little controversy. I just was curious how your babies were in the days following the piercing. Our pedi puts anesthetic ointment on their earlobes prior to piercing so it shouldn't hurt her. I was just interested in whether to expect a cranky baby afterwards and a struggle at bedtime, but it sounds like it should be fine...yay.

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Hi V.,

At this age, she will be able to pull a rub her little ears. They will be sore and she will be unnecessarily uncomfortable.

I would wait until she asks to have her ears pierced.

Blessings......

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I agree with Wendy. Why cause her pain, just to look cute? Wait til she is old enough to ask. My daughter's father wanted to get her ears pierced and we argued about it a lot, until one day in the mall we saw this 5-6 yr old little girl getting ready to get her ears pierced. She was super excited, and her family was there with their camera taking pics. They made a huge ordeal of it, and when they pierced her ears she didn't cry. She just had this huge smile on her face. It was so cool. So he agreed with me after that. It would be better to wait til she wants it and can be excited about it. She is 3 now, and absolutely does not want them pierced, lol. So might be awhile.

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I got my oldest daughters ears pierced at 11mo and she never had any problems except one time 1 fell out but I was able to put it back in. But my baby I decided to get done earlier so she wont touch them and she was 8 mo old, one fell out 2 days later and I waited 2 weeks to get it redone. She was good didnt really cry but now she had an ear infection and fever and I couldnt get the earning out so I took her to the dr and the front of the earning came out the back so wont let me clean or touch that ear. I have left the other one in and will wait a month or two and maybe just take the other out and repost when she is like 4. I guess each child is different I never had problems but my sister did. good luck

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I agree with Wendy. Why cause her pain, just to look cute? Wait til she is old enough to ask. My daughter's father wanted to get her ears pierced and we argued about it a lot, until one day in the mall we saw this 5-6 yr old little girl getting ready to get her ears pierced. She was super excited, and her family was there with their camera taking pics. They made a huge ordeal of it, and when they pierced her ears she didn't cry. She just had this huge smile on her face. It was so cool. So he agreed with me after that. It would be better to wait til she wants it and can be excited about it. She is 3 now, and absolutely does not want them pierced, lol. So might be awhile.

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Hi V.

I tend to think unless it's part of your culture that ears are pierced early on (which it very well may be) then I wouldn't pierce her ears. Why have holes added to a child's body at such an early age. I would wait until she is old enough to decide if she wants it. just my opinion.

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Hi V.,

At this age, she will be able to pull a rub her little ears. They will be sore and she will be unnecessarily uncomfortable.

I would wait until she asks to have her ears pierced.

Blessings......

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Why do you want to cause unnecessary pain on your daughter?! As if all the shots they have as infants isn't enough! I have had so many people ask me when I am having my daughters ears pierced and my response......WHEN SHE IS OLD ENOUGH TO ASK!!

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Our rule is that she needs to be 5 years old. She knows this, and is excited about it. We talk about it, and now, when people (my mother) ask her when she is getting her ears pierced she says "When I'm 5!" Why are you getting her ears pierced?

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Hi there,

Our pediatrician pierced my daughter's ears when she was 6 months and she was fine afterwards. I did give her some baby tylenol or motrin prior to getting them done though. And I believe that i gave her some before bedtime based on our pediatrician's recommendation. She wasn't any more cranky than normal. Her ears were a little tender when we had to clean them on the days immediately following the piercing but that didn't last long. We gave her lots of cuddles and love and she seemed fine.

Good luck.

Anything permanent to a person's body, HOLES, TATOOS, ETC
Should be done with their persmission. It is not your body and with all due respect, you should respect your own daughter's individual human rights. Wouldn't you want to allow your daughter the right to choose how her own body will look for the rest of her life? You have already had one mom tell you that as they get older the holes move to bad spots. Once those holes are open, only plastic surgery will close them up. I had my ears pierced at 10, and wore big cheap earings made out of nickel. I didnt know I had a nickel allergy and my ears were infected a lot. The heavyness of the earrings pulled on the raw infected ear and ripped the hole all the way down and separated the lobe. Now my earlobe is in two pieces. Only plastic surgery will fix it, and I aint got the money.
So please think heavily about this.
Blessings,
Gail

Don't worry. ear piercing is normal in other countries. I had both of my daughter's done when they were 1 month old with our peditrician. Unless she has sensative skin and you won't know until you peirce her ears. She will cry when you have it done and nothing afterwards unless like i said she has sensative skin it might get irrated.

PS. The child is not getting surgery - whats the matter with all of you other ladies. Ear piercing duh

There is an additional concern you should be aware of. If you get your daughter's ears pierced at such an early age, it is likely that as her ears grow, the holes will no longer be in the right place. I had both of my girls' ears pierced at the age of three (quite a bit older than 7 months), and regretted it later. Had I waited a few more years, the holes would have been positioned much better. They are now adults and have added a few more holes on their own, but they as well wish I had waited longer before their first piercing. WIth regard to their physical reaction, they jumped a bit when the actual piercing took place and one cried very briefly, but they had no issues after that point. I don't know if things would have been different if they were as young as your little one. Good luck!

Hey V., man the advice you've received so far is super judgemental and not helpful at all in answering your ?. Not to mention potentially culturally insensitive! As if your goal is to cause your daughter pain- stop it with the holier than thou attitude moms! Anyway, it was no problem when I had my daughter's ears pierced by the pediatrician. It's a great time to do it bc mom solely takes care of them. My baby had shots that day. She got her ears pierced which caused her maybe 2-3 secs. pain in each ear, then she was totally fine. Then she got her shots which were much more traumatic- even though that wasn't too big of a deal either. I believe the time to do it is now as a baby or after 7. Good luck moms getting your daughter's ear pierced at 5- when they play with their ears, can really feel pain, and won't let their moms help take care of them. I can't tell you how many 4-7 yr. old girls I know that their ears have gotten so infected they had to remove them altogether.

I don't understand why people think they need to tell you that you shouldn't have them pierced. Don't be so judgemental moms-just because it's not right for yiou doesn't mean that everyone feels that way. And if I had a daughter I would not pierce her ears as a baby only because I don't like the way it looks - see I wouldn't do it for my child but I have no problem with people that do because it's THEIR child!

Good luck V.! :)

I got my daughter's ears pierced at 8 months and she cried when they pierced her, but was quickly soothed with her favorite toy. Cleaning the piercings was not a problem for my daughter, either. She was never cranky because of the piercings after. And please don't let other's comments make you feel bad about piercing your daughter's ears. Its a perfectlly acceptable thing to do in some families/cultures. Heck, I've had my ears pierced since I was 2 days old.

Hi V. -

I have an almost 3 yr old and we didn't pierce her ears. My ears were pierced when I was 9 yrs old(!). While I will allow her to have it done before 9 : ), I do wish her to show interest in the procedure. With that said, I know that in some cultures it is just something that you do! In fact, my sister-in-law comes from a culture where they traditionally pierce their kids at a pretty early age. I remember that with her first daughter it was no problem. She seemed to be in a bit of discomfort but otherwise fine. My SIL second daughter however, was totally another story! She didn't like the earrings and it didn't take her more then a month to lose 3 pairs of golden earrings (another thing to think about - maybe don't go with gold until you know how your daughter will react.) Both girls were pierced around the 7 month mark as well.
Ohh, forgot to mention that since my SIL's 2nd daughter wasn't having it with earrings (she seemed to be bothered by the daily cleaning routine as well), she had to entirely remove it. It wasn't healing properly due to the constant pulling on the earlobes. The kid is now 2 1/2 yrs and still earring free : ).

Good luck to you!

My daughter was 6 months old when I had her ears pierced and she cried for less than a minute and was over it. Seriously. She never seemed bothered by them at all and that is saying something because she screams like they have cut a limb off when she gets her immunizations. She is now 2 yrs old and we haven't had any problems. Just be sure to follow through with the cleaner they send you home with so they don't get infected and make sure to twist them so they heal.

Good Luck!

J.

hi V.:

i got my daughter's ears pierced when she was 4 months old, she cried like crazy for 20 minutes.. and then, it was over. She didn't even notice that she had "ouchies in her ears".. lol.. to this day, she's 2 and a half, she LOVES trying on new earings, and she is great about it. you should be fine, try maybe giving her some tylenol about 15 mins prior (ask the pedi first) but, you and her will be ok, just be ready for a horrible scream after.

lots of luck!

I waited until my daughters were nine so I'm not sure how babies react. The pain from ear piercing subsides pretty quickly so I doubt it would affect her sleep, unless she has a bad reaction or infection. But I think as long as it's done by a doctor and you monitor her closely she should be fine. My only advice is to not let her wear anything dangly until she's much older as toddlers and preschoolers (and even elementary age kids) are very physically active which would increase her chances of getting an earring tangled and ripped out during the course of normal play.

V.,

I got both of my daughter's ears pierced when they were four months. For both I was a wreck and overly concerned with the pain and how they would respond to it. I cried hysterically and my husband had to hold them both. The girls had virtually the same response- a cry right after each ear was pierced, minimal tears and that was it. They slept fine during the night and did not even try to touch their ears. It appeared that the pain was only in the moment. Their ears were sensitive when they were cleaned during the day, but this was only met with minimal whimpers and no tears shed. Good luck!
- T.

Hi, we did both our daughters when they were less than 6 months. Yes, they cried for about 5 min. after they were done. And that was it, the piercing did not bother them at all after that. We kept on top of cleaning them as instucted without taking them off. They were both fine and now are 5 and 7 and love wearing earrings and buy different kinds that are appropriate for them and not too heavy. Your daughter will be just fine. Just choose some flat ones so they don't get caught on anything. We did that for the first year or so.

I guess I just don't understand WHY you would want to pierce her ears at this age unless it is cultural in some way. but if that is true, then your relatives can guide you. Even if the Doctor puts local topically, it is going to hurt. The following days, cleaning, turning the earrings etc. will be painful and she will be cranky. But at this point you have total control over what you do or don't do to your daughters body. She is not even old enough to say NO! so good luck, I hope she does not get an infection. I admit, it does look cute to see the little earrings on the babies, but I wouldn't do it myself. Terri

i got my daughter's ears pierced around six weeks old - she handled it better than i did. we had no issues at all!

I got my oldest daughters ears pierced at 11mo and she never had any problems except one time 1 fell out but I was able to put it back in. But my baby I decided to get done earlier so she wont touch them and she was 8 mo old, one fell out 2 days later and I waited 2 weeks to get it redone. She was good didnt really cry but now she had an ear infection and fever and I couldnt get the earning out so I took her to the dr and the front of the earning came out the back so wont let me clean or touch that ear. I have left the other one in and will wait a month or two and maybe just take the other out and repost when she is like 4. I guess each child is different I never had problems but my sister did. good luck

Hi V.. Ear piercing is better when they're infants because they don't remember the pain!!! I remember everything about getting my ears pierced because I was 10.. it was horrible. My daughter was 3 months old when we got hers done. She did great.. I think it depends on the temperment of your baby as to how they will react. We got one of the more expensive earrings so she wouldn't get a reaction also. For the Moms who disagree with this...it's great you have an opinion but give her a break it's not like she's piercing her sons ears! Good luck!

I pierced my daughter's ears at almost 3 months. She only cried for a quick second. Everything thank God is still fine shes 16 months, they have never bothered her. Healing process for infants is so much faster. It doesn require alot of effort to clean them.

For all the moms who want to wait until their daughter's ask thats great! Everyone has their own choice to make when it comes to ear piercings. To each its own.

Good luck!

We had our daughter's ears pierced at 6 months old and are happy we did. She cried when they pierced them, but I think that is inevitable no matter what the age. We never had any issue...and still have not. She is now 20 months old and still has her original earings in because they have the closed back that won't poke her. I say DO IT! She did not even notice they were there.

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