Happy Sunday, everybody!
My apologies for being rather quiet lately. I’ve been fighting a double-whammy of bronchitis & stomach flu, which has left me incapable of coherent thought, let alone coherent writing.
When putting my earrings in today, I realized anew that I have had these holes in my ears since before I even knew what ears were. Like many women my age, my ears were pierced when I was a baby. It was simply the done thing.
Of course, like many things, there are both pros and cons thrown out there when it comes to piercing an infant”s ears:
1. The infant is incapable of yanking at the piercings, and by the time she’s old enough to have that level of motor control, she’ll be used to the earrings and won’t mess with them.
2. It’s much easier to clean and disinfect the piercings of an infant than of a squirming toddler or rebellious school-age child.
3. If your girl-child is not particularly feminine-looking, it does help reduce the constant refrain of “Oh what a sweet baby boy.”
1. The risk of infection is still very real, as is the risk of allergic reaction.
2. When your baby becomes mobile, there is the risk of her getting the earring caught on something and ripping it out.
3. If she DOES manage to get her earring out, or if it falls out, there is the risk of aspiration.
Personally, I tend to stick by the rule of not making any permanent body modifications to my child unless medically necessary. So no routine infant circumcision and no ear piercing. (Besides, I see ear-piercing as an EXCELLENT good-behaviour carrot for a ‘tween girl, so why not keep that arrow in your quiver until it’ll be of the most use?)
However, I know that there are plenty of people who feel differently.
What are your thoughts on earrings on infant girls (or boys)? Adorable? Appalling? Or is your reaction best summed up as, “Meh…whatever the parents want”?