When To Ear Pierce The Baby – Expeirence

Ear piercing for your baby; when are you planning?

Ear piercing is one the main task in one’s life, I guess through out the world. It is fashion somewhere; it is tradition else where; and there are certain customs involved for some. In India, usually ear piercing is done at a very tender age for both boys and girls. Auspicious days like Akshayatrithiya or Ugadi or any other occasion of similar importance is usually selected for piercing the ears.

Now, the main concern is, when are you planning to pierce the ears of your baby. Now or later is the question. Many parents get it done within the first year of their baby. I have heard varied experiences after my baby was born.

Experience 1: This is summarizing my mother’s experience while piercing my ears. I was 10 months old then, had already started to crawl and move around. My dad had bought a tiny gold stud. The jeweler was an experienced person in ear piercing job. Now, usually babies are very reluctant and doubtful about strangers. And this is what happened, he had not even touched my ears, I started struggling and howling. Now how can the ear piercing session happen!!?? To add to this, I had to be held tight when the jeweler did his job. He had a tough time in managing the precision in my ears.  Since he was an expert, the pierced hole and the entire stud thing did not create any problem in my ears later on.

ear piercing for baby when r u ready

(My first ear piece. I still treasure this. I use this even now though I am too old to use this baby ear stud.)

Experience 2: My cousin and her baby daughter. Here too the baby was 9 months old and was well ahead in her activities. Managing her to be still while piercing her ears was a big challenge. One ear was perfect. The other ear got the hell of the experience. Poor baby. Instead of the earring coming out from behind the ear, it came out at the bottom end of the ear. At that point of time neither my cousin nor her family members observed it. The jeweler locked the earring at the bottom end and went off with heavy fees, some rice and coconut which he demanded as a traditional giving. Every one was just concerned about the baby in pain. This baby had to under go another round of piercing. By this time she was over one year; and it was even more troublesome to rectify the first piercing mistake. This time my cousin opted for the jeweler who had pierced my ears; he got it right. :). But the wound took long to heal since the baby kept touching her ears (of course accidentally) and the wound often went ripe. It got infected, and there was some pus formation. Both mother and daughter struggled.

Experience 3: My very own story in piercing my daughter’s ears. I had to join back work after 81 days of maternity leave and was in an idea of finishing off the entire ear job before I join back. The topic of ear piercing kept coming up right when she completed her first month. I used to freak every time and hush up the topic. But my mom got adamant and decided sooner the better. My daughter was just about 50 days when she got her earring. . Nothing happened. She gave out a shout and the shout subsided in just one minute. A slight holding of her head was required so that she would not turn around while piercing. The wound was not at all there. It was just normal the next day. For my daughter, the jeweler who pierced was the son of the same person who pierced me. Generations of experience. 🙂

Ear piercing when you are ready

                                                                                            (My daughter, the day her ears were pierced. :))

Expereince 4: My sister and her son. From the experience of piercing for her first grand daughter, my mother again decided the sooner the better policy. My sister kept saying, what is the need of an earring for a boy!! She wanted to skip the whole episode of ear piercing for her son. Her views were not considered and everything went on easily.  Baby was 45 days old when his ears were pierced.

Do I need to summarize and conclude when is the right time to pierce your baby’s ears!!

Note down ‘sooner the better’. It has to happen now. And everything will finish off in just a flash when your baby is very tiny. As the baby grows, there are many challenges to handle and the whole thing spans for long. The pain is no better later.

Can you skip the date of the vaccinations for your new born? Consider it is just the same when it comes to you baby’s ear piercing.

Tips For Ear Piercing :-

  •  Choose an experienced person to do the ear piercing job.
  • I used a gold string instead of a stud for my daughter. This was suggested by the jeweler who pierced my daughter’s ears.
  • Do not skip the ear piercing, be it son or daughter. It is said that, ear piercing helps the functioning of the diaphragm well. Not sure how true the fact is, but it could be true.
  • The traditional piercing through the jeweler is the best option rather than going for a doctor’s gun shot method. This was my pediatrician’s views. He said it usually did not go well for infants with gun shot piercing.

So now, happy time with your baby. Enjoy mother hood which comes with great happiness and responsibilities. 🙂

P.S- Chandani is an Engineer who gave up her job for her about to be two year old daughter.Fond of collecting jewellery and DIY are her few of the interest beside blogging.

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  1. interesting viewpoints… in our custom we generally ear pierce the baby only when they are around a yr. old… 🙂

    i think i shoukd change this now 😀

  2. By the way, thanks Anamika, for including those couple of introductory lines 🙂

  3. I got my baby’s ears pierced when she was one and she did not have any problems…in my husband family kids have their ear’s pierced at around a month but I just don’t think that is a good idea as the baby is just too small..Anyways as you said sooner the better its tough as the baby gets older

  4. I got my babies ears pierced on 28th day as is the custom in my place. But instead of a jeweler, i opted to take her to a hospital where they did the piercing. In fact she didn’t even cry a lot or make a fuss also. By the time the doctor handed over the baby back, she had all forgotten about it.And the piercing did heal in a day or too. I am glad i did it early.

  5. Hello Anamika,

    Commenting for the first time. I am mother of two and had got my daughters ears pierced when she was just 4 months old. I too believe that the best time to get a child’s ears pierced is before they start using their hand and exploring themselves and others:) Its advisable to do it early simply because the child will then not fiddle with her ears or earing and pull it and cause damage to their ears, Also the skin is very tender when they are a few months old and its easier to pierce it without much struggle.

  6. It’s disgusting. Practising such a cruel thing in the name of tradition. I can understand mandatory vaccinations but piercing ears and risking infections or just causing pain to your baby in the name of custom is sick. Why not let your daughters grow up a little and let them decide if and when they want to get any piercings? And the whole excuse about how the sooner the better is crap. Where’s the logic in making a baby howl in pain for hours when she can get the same thing done quietly (and of her own accord) some years later. Ridiculous.

  7. I agree chandni..piercing the ears ears earlier is the way t o…the more u wait the more it hurts n d hurt is retained in d mind..

  8. oh god, i am so tensed :(. my 6 week old already keeps pulling at her ears and everything :(. I am not sure when I want to get her ears pierced. Very confused. My ears were pierced when I was 9 years old. My mom wanted me to make the decision and be grown up enough to understand what was happening and why. Two extreme view points. I am still confused.

    • i think i will prefer your mom one..Piercing is not that important in my family.

    • Onestly yuvika..ear piercing time ain’t really right or’s just all about preference..I’ve had pals who’ve had their ears pierced later n inn no way does it cause an issue…bas I personally feel that either do it when the kid is really small such that they won’t even remember or do it a bit later so that the kid unstandardised when u tell them y they shouldn’t touch their ears after piercing..

  9. i did gun shot for my son in a jewellery shop.. he didnt cry much.. i feel ear piercing needs to be done for babies atleast an year old.. some of my friends had ear pierced their 6 month old babies.. bt i gt really shocked hearing it.. 🙁

  10. i did ear piercing for my daughter in a jewellery shop…she cried but somehow my mom managed to hold her tight when she was 11 months old..some of my friends pierced their kids in hospital and temple..
    mostly nowadays they use an ointment for painless piercing and it helps to make sure there is no pain and wound..

  11. i thought the same ana.. i was very sure to go either to jewellery shop or hospital..

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