This is a topic that sprouts up quite a lot, and it’s a good one to discuss among parents old and new. Should we really be piercing babies ears? Disclaimer, I don’t have a kid, nor did I get my ears pierced at infancy. In fact, it’s absolutely none of my business. But I just wanted to voice my opinion on the matter anyway.
Ultimately it’s up to the parent whether the kid’s ears get pierced. But isn’t that part of the issue? Shouldn’t it be the kid’s decision? A child isn’t a fashion accessory that you can merely decorate as you please. You dress them sensibly and take care of them. Having said this, people I’ve spoke to are happy their parents got their ears pierced early because they don’t remember it. So in a way that could be classed as a positive?
But thinking about babies personalities and habits. I got my ears pierced when I was 11 and I couldn’t stop touching them and twisting them around (because I thought that’s what you had to do). Then they got stuck in a really uncomfortable, painful position where I had to get help to put them back to normal. Luckily I can just tell someone that my ear hurts, can a baby do that though? We don’t know how much pain they could be in from it. Besides if I couldn’t stop touching the new piercing, imagine a baby’s messy hands. It’s just a slippery slope down to a painful infection for the baby. Or what if they move around a lot while asleep/awake even? It could be easily ripped out.
The baby can’t clean it’s own piercing either, so you can’t just merely forget because that could also land you in a tricky situation. Not even beginning to mention the poor baby. The responsibility is huge, the last thing any parent wants to do is hurt their child.
Overall, like I said in the beginning, it’s none of my business. At the end of the day they are your child and you do what you think is best. Personally I wouldn’t pierce my kid’s ears until they physically could ask me to get it done. I no way imply you’re a bad parent if you do, if you do, always make sure you look after the piercing for the baby.