I have had mine pierced 3 times. All 3 times one got infected and closed up on me. Earrings are not a must for anyone to have. How would you feel if at a later date your child decides she does not want to have her ears pierced when you pierce them as a baby?
I have 2 holes in one ear, 3 in the other, my tongue pierced, I have in the past also had my nose and navel pierced (4 tattoos as well). I let my daughter decide, it's her body. She is 6 now and has had her ears pierced since the beginning of last Summer, after finally begging for them.
I have pierced ears (3 sets in each ear. I got 1 set when I was 12, the 2nd set at age 30 and 3rd set at age 40)
My daughter had 3 sets but no longer can wear any earings. Her original set, the earing got caught on something and ripped straight through the lobe (she needed 2 stitches) but it never healed correctly and any earing in that hole sort of flops over.
The 2nd and 3rd sets closed up. We found that she has a severe allergy to nickel (a metal in many, many earrings, even in minute amounts), which caused an alergic reaction, which caused her to scratch the ears lobes open, which caused a severe infection, causing the dr to ban earrings for 6 months, causing the holes to close. Luckily she was 12, the infection was bad, had she been an infant, I can't imagine how sick she would have been had she been an infant.
I'm waiting until my daughter asks for earrings, which is what my mom did for me. I have 3 sets of earrings, plus one in the upper ear. My oldest is 3, so it hasn't come up yet. I was 4 when I got my first set.
I wasn't allowed to get mine pierced until I graduated from 8th grade. Then it was my call. I was the first person in my family to get mine pierced. Within two years my older sister and my mother (who was initially against it) had theirs done. I am against piercing baby's ears or young children, but that's for me and my family, I realize it is a cultural thing for some people and a life style choice for others. One of my daughters has several piercings in her ears, the other got her ears pierced and they closed up on her d/t her not following the directions they gave her. Both were about the same age I was when I got mine pierced, although the extra holes my oldest has she got later.
I have 10 holes on my ears. I only wear 4, they are all cartilage. I had my ears pierced at 4. I hardly wear earrings in them. My daughter had hers done at 4. She will be 7 next month and loves her earrings.
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