I didn’t realize this was a big issue before, but a lot parents don’t like to get their daughter’s ears pierced until they’re much, much older?!
See, I was always under the impression that most girls got their ears pierced when they were babies and here’s why – in the Vietnamese culture, as far as I know, we see to it that baby girls get their ears pierced before they’re one year old.
Particularly in my family, all the girls get their ears pierced when they’re babies, so naturally that’s what I was raised to believe. Even family friends do it too. Granted, I took some modern advice and made sure to wait until after the girls had their two-month shots, to be safe, but I got their ears pierced right after that. I never saw the big deal in having pierced ears, didn’t really see it as a privilege, as I’ve heard some people call it, but considered it more like something that had to be done.
Girls have pierced ears. No big deal!
I figure as long as you take care of it and make sure the baby doesn’t irritate it herself, I think it’s a great thing to do for your daughter. Babies deal with pain and then they forget about it. Done and over! Then they have cute little earrings and it helps detract from the short hair and neutral facial features that often mistake them for boys (BONUS!).
I always make sure to take excellent care of my daughter’s earlobes and would love to share some tips with you.
After you pierce them:
- use a Q-tip and wipe the back and front of the piercing with alcohol once a day (I’ve heard people say to avoid alcohol for whatever reason, but honestly, it’s a tried and true method, so if it ain’t broke…)
- make sure you twist/turn the earring after each cleaning
- after about a month or so, replace the earrings with a pair of 24K gold TINY (I mean pinky ring-size) hoop earrings (the pure, high-quality gold helps the healing process and I’ve never had/heard of a problem after using 24K gold)
- continue to clean and move the earrings around until you feel them slide easily and without any pain or irration
- you can either replace the hoops with studs until they’re older, or keep the hoops in
Since piercings are a popular thing in the Asian community and 24K is the tried and true method, those hoops are very easy to find at any of the Asian jewelry stores and I’m sure some version of what I’m saying will ring true with any Asian you know.
Anyways, I’m not saying this is the definitive end-all to babies and ear piercings, but in case you were thinking about piercing your baby girl’s ear, I thought I’d share some good tips and discuss a little about the subject. Although not a big controversy, it is a highly-opinionated topic and I’m all for piercing a baby’s ears, personally and culturally, as long as you know how to take care of it right.