Ear Piercing And Children

Reasons for and against piercing your child's ears. Reasons for both boy and girl will be included, as well as social and health concerns.

The ears are the most commonly pierced body part. Even though people often get other body parts pierced, that usually occurs after the child reaches an age where they can make their own decisions. Ear piercing is often performed while the child is still very young and their parent makes the decision to have it done.

Ear piercing has continually been the subject of a controversy. Should you be able to make the decision of having your child's ears pierced? Or should your child make their own decision when they get older? Supporters for each side of this debate have their own reasons.

Those who believe that parents can make the decision to have their child's ears pierced feel that it is better to perform this particular piercing at a young age. They believe that as the child gets older, the piercing will hurt that much more. If it is performed at a young age, then the child will forget the pain relatively quickly. A few parents can remember getting their ears pierced and they want to spare their child the pain of remembering. Some parents also believe the ear piercing will forever end the problem of gender identity when a child is young. A baby girl with her ears pierced will no longer be mistaken for a baby boy.

Those who are against piercing a child's ears until they can make the decision for themselves believe that the pain caused is argument enough against piercing a child's ears. When an infant or young child has their ears pierced, the people performing the piercing each take one ear and pierce them at the same time. They believe that if they performed the piercing with one ear at a time, then after the first ear was done, the child would never sit still for the second ear. Having both ears done at the same time causes even more pain then if one was done at a time. Those against young piercing believe that the pain of the piercing can cause a baby to go into shock. They feel it is a barbaric ritual that is forced upon a child because the parents feel the baby will look cute.

The piercing of a little boy's ears is also becoming more and more common. Though not usually seen as a baby, it is not out of the ordinary to see a young boy with one or both ears pierced. Did this boy make the decision to have his ears pierced? Or did his parents decide it was in fashion? Arguments about piercing a boy's ears are also common.

If you do choose to have your child's ears pierced, whether they are a boy or a girl, there are certain important things to remember. Look for a place that specializes in infant piercing and uses sterilized equipment. It usually is better to have both your child's ears done at the same time to avoid problems. Buy earrings that are specially made for infants so that the back of the earrings will not injure your baby's head. Always follow the directions that you are given regarding the cleaning of your child's ears and earrings.

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