A few days back someone asked me, “When should I get my daughter’s ears pierced?”
That led me to thinking that how piercing my daughter’s ears was never an issue. I had to get it done, and fast. But my problem was that I was not comfortable with a gunshot piercing. The reason being that it uses only treated metal for earrings/studs and not gold and silver. As I am myself quite sensitive to any metal apart from gold and silver, I didn’t want a treated metal to touch my darling’s soft skin.
Well, that left me to the only option of normal piercing where they sharpen the edge of a gold or silver wire and pierce the ear lobes with it. At the other end of the wire is a gold or diamond stud. Once the wire passes through, the goldsmith locks the wire behind the ear so that it doesn’t come off. You may opt for a gold hoop too, it works the same way.
The needle-like sharp edge easily penetrates through the soft skin. Yes, it’s painful but only as much as a normal prick of a syringe. My daughter cried for exactly 5 minutes. I guess it was more from the shock of two people holding her tight than the pain from the piercing.
Anyway, the end result was fantastic. She looked like a little princess with little gold studs.
Oh, yes what I forgot to mention was she was 11 months old by the time I got her ears pierced. There were people who thought my daughter was a boy even when I made her dress in frilly girly frocks and skirts. So to avoid being asked and save myself the time and energy to answer the same ridiculous question, I desperately wanted to get her ears pierced. Believe me, I would have got it done sooner had I been able to find a good goldsmith who did this type of piercing.
My mom had got my ears pierced when I was 3 months old. A baby’s ears are tender and can be easily pierced without hurting her much. Moreover, a baby doesn’t even touch the affected area or play with the earring giving it ample time to heal, whereas a toddler or a grown up kid will start touching the earrings and may hurt by pulling it.
Some quick tips for ear piercing:
- Don’t touch the area unnecessarily.
- The prick is so tiny that it heals itself after a couple of days. Hence, no need to apply anything on that area. No antiseptic. If you wish, you may apply ice or turmeric paste.
- Keep on turning or rotating the ear piece once a day for a few days initially so that there is proper air circulation and the earring doesn’t stick to your child’s skin.
- Instead of a gunshot, go for natural piercing. The only flip side is that the hole is very narrow even after a considerable length of time. So if you want to change the ear piece, you need to remember to buy one with a thin stick. The hole gets bigger as you regularly remove-insert new ear accessories.
- Also, remember to buy a short stick so that it doesn’t bruise your child’s delicate skin behind the ears.
My little darling already owns 5 pairs of precious metal earrings which I keep on changing frequently. My sister has recently gifted her a box of pretty junk earrings which she insists on wearing during her school holidays as per her mood.