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For some reason, a stranger mis-assessing the gender of your baby is a major affront. To you, it’s blatantly obvious, and even if your daughter is dressed from head to toe in pink ruffles, or your little man is wearing Cars attire and holding a monster truck, people sometimes get it wrong. It could be a slip of the tongue, or maybe that person’s experience of monster truck playing children has always been female, it’s hard to say. In an attempt to ultra-feminize baby girls, especially those without much hair, mothers are tempted to buy floral headbands, avoid gender-neutral colours, and otherwise accessorize them so that they are not mistaken for boys. This is a major (although not only) reason why some parents choose to have their little girls ears pierced. If it is, I would suggest - maybe that's not enough.
Granted, it looks really cute, and maybe you had yours done at the same time (or always wish you had), but consider the following:
· Management of the pain – while it doesn’t last long, it is a minor injury, and it is done without anesthetic. Consider ways to numb the earlobe (such as ice) and how you are going to hold your baby still. I’m sure you know how hard it is for doctors to administer needles. Same thing.
· Skills of the piercer – not all locations that offer the service of ear piercing have representatives with a great deal of training, comfort with squirmy babies, and knowledge of the sanitation practices required to do the job correctly.
· After care – you are dealing with a wound that is generated by the piercing, and there is a risk of allergic reaction and infection. You will need to regularly clean the area, rotate the posts, and apply medicated healing ointment to minimize the risk. Consider asking if the posts are pure gold, nickel free, or surgical steel.
Something else to consider as you form your own view on the matter - people will have an opinion. They always do. While not a direct risk to your child, a decision to pierce opens you up to comments from people (whether or not that’s appropriate). Some might just be how nice they look, but you might want to prepare yourself for how you would handle criticism from friends, family, or strangers, should it arise. As with most parenting decisions, if you’re doing it because you’ve thought about what’s best for your baby, you’re doing the right thing. Not because some old lady on the bus calls your daughter “Sport”, or because your grandma keeps asking asking you why she's so bald. Be confident, one way or the other.