We all know ear piercings are painful. If it is for adults, what more for kids, right?
As parents, especially those with daughters, it’s difficult to make that decision for our kids. While we want them to look their prettiest (because earrings really do add glamour and sparkle), we don’t want to traumatise them. So, will it be better if we get our kids’ ears pierced while they’re still babies?
Wendy Sue Swanson, M.D., a Parents advisor and a paediatrician at Seattle Children’s Hospital, said that it is best to wait until your baby is at least six months old to get their ears pierced.
“Any time you puncture the skin, you open up the opportunity for infection, and because infants still have developing immune systems, I encourage parents to wait until their child is at least 6 months old to get her ears pierced,” she said.
However, it would also be best if you wait until your child is ready to decide for herself when she would want to get her ears pierced. This way, she’ll be old enough to care for her ears and keep it clean.
If you decide on letting your child decide about getting her ears pierced, still, the bigger question remains — how will you be able to help her feel the least pain during ear piercing? Here’s how.
1. Get her BFF to tag along.
While you are the best person to be with her, a friend whom she trusts will also help boost her confidence. So, try to get her best buddy to come along to give words of encouragement and help ease her pain.
2. Think about where to get your child’s ears pierced.
The place to get your child’s ear pierced also matters. Some children want a busy area like a mall so they can be distracted and may forget the pain, while others prefer a more quiet place so they can focus. So, as you learn about what location your child prefers, go with their decision. It’s their ears that are getting pierced after all, not yours.
3. Give her surprise treats to distract her.
Treats always do magic when kids are under pressure. So make sure you pack some goodies or candies to distract her or take her favourite toy that she can play with while “under the gun”.
4. Let her feel you have her back.
When feeling tensed, children tend to look for the people who they feel at ease and comfortable with, and most of the time, this is when parents come to the rescue. If your child prefers you or your partner, or both, let her know you or both of you are always there for her. Encourage her to think happy thoughts.
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