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When is it ok to pierce my baby's ears?

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Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Yes: Although it is considered safe to have a baby's ears pierced i generally do not pierce infant ears. I usually wait until the child is old enough to ask for them. If your baby does have earrings i recommend taking them out at night (after the holes have healed) to reduce the risk of accidental swallowing/choking.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
3 months or 13 years: Children grow up just fine without getting their ears pierced. Earrings snag on things. Earrings come off and become a choking hazard. If parents feel they need pierce their baby's ears, wait at least until the baby is 3 months old. Otherwise, children can get their ears pierced when they become teenagers, a time when they start learning more about personal grooming and cosmetics.
Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
Specializes in Pediatrics
Child can care for : I've seen young children with pierced ears whose earlobes have been torn during rough play with siblings. Metal allergies can be an issue, and if improperly fastened, the child may pull off and eat. I counsel my parents to let their children decide if they want pierced ears when the child is old enough to care for it themselves.

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See Below: Personal decision. I have seen many infants with pierced ears and have never seen a problem arise from the ear piercing.
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Is it ok for baby s ears to be under water when bathed ?

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Sure is!: Getting a little water in helps keep the wax soft and moving out of the canal so it's not dried out and hard. You get water in your ears swimming and your fine, the same holds true when bathing. We actually encourage parents to clean their kids ears that way, rather than sticking things in the ears like q-tips. We actually use a water-pik in our office to clean out ears with stubborn wax.

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