My niece just posted on FB that she is taking her 3 month old daughter to get her ears pierced today. She did the same thing with her older daughter. I think that just sounds odd. My sister - who is VERY straight laced and religious - had her daughters' ears pierced when they were infants too and they are now in their 30s. To me it just seems wrong. What am I missing?
Agree. They were going to do same to my grandbaby and I suggested that should be HER decision perhaps?? And so, she had them done at 8. But, yes, to me it's just plain odd. But maybe times have changed (oh really?) and we're just not ... something.
Guess I am the odd one then!! I had my daughter's ear's pierced at 2 months of age. I did it this young for several reasons as my mom also did for me. My mom had earrings put away that were from my grandmother. She wanted me to have them....hence the ears were pierced. Besides passing down earrings to my daughter, it is supposed to be easier for a young baby to adjust to piercing than a pre teen child. With my daughter, I did all the cleaning etc.... when she was an infant and we pretty much kept the same pair of earrings in with safety backs until she was old enough to want to change them for aesthetic reasons. To this day, she pretty much wears the same earrings most days and only changes them on special occasions or when she wants a different look. She never fussed with them, tagged at them etc.... They just became an extension of her own body. She wears earrings 24/7 because that is what she is used to from infancy. She did ask me if she could get a second hole in each ear at 16 y.o. This was when she was 15 y.o. I took her for her 15th b-day to get that one done. IMHO....anymore she can do by herself. And if if if she did decide she did not want pierced ears, they can easily be closed up or earrings just not worn as long as they have been well taken care of. Personally I have 3 holes on one side; 2 on the other. First set, my mother did for me when I was very young. Second set I asked my mom for at 16 (just like my DD) and my mom took me. 3rd one I did myself when I was in med. school playing around in one of the medical clinics on a slow day. Today I am actually wearing earrings to fill all 5 holes, but I don't that often anymore and on days that I only wear one pair, you can not see the other holes. So there......I am the odd man out!
KarenW- Thanks for you perspective. It seems to be pretty standard these days so perhaps Catbatty and I are the odd ones out. I got my ears pierced when I was probably 12. I had begged and begged my parents for months and finally for Christmas I got those self piercing earrings - oh the joy!! One ear pierced in about a week but couldn't get the other one to go through so my friend's mother pierced it for me.
Funny story - When I was a young girl (not sure of my exact age at the time but was a preteen) my sister and I were shopping downtown with my mother and my sister elbowed me and said, "that woman that just walked by was a prostitute." I was young enough that I didn't know what a prostitute was but asked her how she knew that and she said, "because her ears were pierced."
Post by traildoggie on Dec 21, 2016 17:03:05 GMT -5
I had my ears pierced when I was about 16. all was fine until I was 50-ish and decided to get a second hole in each ear. no infection, all went fine.... but I developed what is likely nickel allergy. I'd had trouble with jewelry turning my skin dark, grayish black before, but I never could wear earrings after that second hole. I tried coating the posts and backs etc. but it didn't help.
I guess my thought would be whether it's more likely or less likely a person would become sensitive to metal when very young like that. I don't know the answer.
traildoggie, my little brother had an allergy to nickel when he was a child but as an adult seems fine now, so I doubt it is an age thing. And it may be a sensitivity and not a true allergy. My brother was able to wear sterling silver or solid gold without problems. Have you tried earrings with silver or gold posts? His big problem was the closure button/snap on a pair of jeans. The back side of the button which was inside your pants up against his belly area was nickel so he used to break out in a rash across his tummy until we figured it out and taped all of his pants on the inside snaps!
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At 6 months old, how about a couple of tattoos? And by 30, her earlobes will probably be down to her knees. Personally I think it's odd, because at that age children are growing and developing. To each his own.
Post by swedishcook on Dec 29, 2016 15:32:53 GMT -5
Regarding allergies. If I understand my ENT specialist correctly, you can be OK to begin with but after X time of exposure you develop an allergy. This might get worse with each exposure. From my own annoying experience that makes sense. But we are all different.
In the second grade, I made friends with a girl who had pierced ears. In 1959, in a predominantly Jewish neighborhood in Los Angeles, pierced ears on a child were quite unusual. (Her family was foreign, but I'm not sure I ever knew what her background was) Nowadays, I see teeny children with pierced ears all the time.
As the only person on the planet (it seems) who dislikes jewelry, I can't imagine making that choice for a child. But, on the other hand I can imagine that if it's done early enough and the child grows up always having pierced ears, perhaps it's simply accepted as a normal part of oneself and never questioned. In other words, maybe I MIGHT have grown up feeling differently about jewelry if my mom had had my ears pierced when I was small. (of course, come to think of it, my mom's ears aren't pierced either...)