Parenting: Ear Piercing

Thursday, March 22, 2012

My sister wasn't allowed to get her ears pierced until she was 21.

She was engaged to be married by then and it was her future mother-in-law who actually took her! My dad was very conservative.

When my girls started asking about getting their ears pierced, I didn't want to hold them back. Last weekend we decided to do it on a whim.

The girls were thrilled and their earrings look beautiful but I did absolutely no research and went with my gut.

Now that I'm writing this blog, the first thing I learned is that you should do your homework!

Fortunately, my daughters have not had any complications but I found some very sound advice on

I took my daughters to the mall for their piercings, but the website suggests you go to your doctor or a dermatologist.

If you choose an outside location, you should ask how many piercings they do in a day and be sure they take precautions to sterilize the area and wear protective gloves.

I was also surprised to learn that 14k gold may not be the safest option. Apparently sterling silver posts are the least likely to cause an allergic reaction.

I probably should have read a little more before acting impulsively. Hopefully, you'll do your homework before taking your children to be pierced!

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