Piercing Children’s Ears: What’s the Right Age?

Kids ear piercing might seem like no big deal, but for some it comes with many questions: Many wonder if there is a best age to pierce ears, or if it’s safer as a baby. We’ve gone over all the common questions around piercing children’s ears with saludmóvil’s™ integrative medicine expert, Dr. Joseph Mosquera.

What is the Best Age to Pierce Children’s Ears?

Doctors agree that the timing of piercing ears is a personal one, but it is important to be aware of the potential risks of piercing ears on the earlier side.

“When skin is punctured, it increases the chance of infection, and since infants are still developing their immune systems, piercing puts them at greater risk than adults. It’s best to wait to pierce ears until the baby is at least 6 months,” says Dr. Mosquera, on the subject of baby ear piercing. “And if you want your child to make her own decision about ear piercing, it’s best to wait until they are around ten years old so they’ll be more likely to take on the responsibility for cleaning.”

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