To pierce or not to – not really a question

This seriously was not a question for us.  Given my  Sri  Lankan background, where  babies get their ears pierced at a very young age (couple of months at most), I eagerly awaited the day we could pierce the Little Monkey’s ears. After many delays (must wait for her first set of shots! oh she  has the flu! oh I have food poisoning and can’t be dealing with a fussy  baby!) today was the day!

Back in the day in Sri Lanka doctors would pierce the ears with a needle and the thread would be looped for a couple days. This thread would then be replaced by a clove. Yes you heard right. The clove that you have in your spice cabinet, it’s supposed to have healing powers. While I would have loved to have had a doctor perform the task it seems that in North America it is the aestheticians and stores  like Claire’s that handle this. I was a bit skeptical of the cleanliness of these places and so chose  to go with Caryl Baker Visage, as it was  right across the road from us with friendly staff in a some what sterile environment. A young lady,wearing new gloves, marked the Little Monkey’s ears (eye balled it and so it’s not super perfect) and accomplished the mission.  Thankfully I had given a tiny bit of baby Tylenol prior to the piercing  so the crying was minimal. Yes I know.. it’s wrong to drug your kids. But it helped her (and me) and she’s happily decked out in some  pink bling now. So  for $60 we got a pair of gold earrings with her birthstone (wasn’t the usual opal for October but apparently they have their own system. It was pink. I didn’t complain), the solution and peace of mind that it was  not done at the back of a dingy store.

Pink Rose piercings!

I love earrings (okay I’m a bit of an addict when it comes to earrings)  and did not really think  twice about piercing her ears. Until I came home and decided to see what other parents’ thoughts were (online). My was I  shocked! There’s a lot of debate and many feel that it is appropriate to let the child decide for herself if she wants to get pierced (when she is older, like Sandy from Grease). I respect them. But… that wasn’t the option for us. We received sets of earrings as gifts, as is common practice in South Asian cultures for a baby’s first gift and I cannot wait till she graduates out of the trial pair. I ensured that the trial pair was a good gold set, none of that plated stuff as it can cause irritations which can lead to infections, and will be cleaning it twice a day (atleast) with the antiseptic solution. Fingers crossed that all goes well.

Some of my all time favourite earrings ! Perhaps I will share these with her one day. Maybe. Maybe not.

Random fact, did you know that sailors wore earrings as a symbol of them having  travelled  the world? Also pirates wore earrings as a burial security.  In case their bodies were ever washed ashore, they  hoped the earrings would serve as payment for a proper burial. Interesting eh?

What do you think? Will you wait till your child is old enough to ask for the piercing ?

Update : We noticed two weeks in that one of the earrings were off centre…we were told to remove the earring  and come in two weeks later. The staff were super friendly, re-pierced the ear and used a new earring as well. If  you’re getting it done at the Eaton Centre location, try to get Ebony, she’s fabulous! We noticed a big difference when she did the second one vs. the girl who did it the first time.

Update 2: At 2 years of age, Little Monkey developed an infection and we decided to remove both of them because it was such a painful ordeal having to use pliars to remove the pair of gold earrings that were stuck in there.

  • Kumari Goonawardene Selvadurai
    January 28, 2012 at 12:22 am

    Back in the days… baby was given golden milk as her first sip of earthly food in a gold or silver spoon..! (piece of 22ct. gold is rubbed on a small rock and then it is scraped out and put in to this gold/silver spoon and then the breast milk was added to it.. Baby is fed..! Now you know where the saying comes from!!!

    Babies are still covered with gold in our countries..! bangles, chain with a special pendant of 5 weapons, ear-rings and even anklets! So, you did the right thing!

  • Sarah Cherian
    January 2, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    Love your post on ear piercing! We got our baby pierced by Tracy Burton, a nurse practitioner in GTA

  • Sarah Cherian
    January 2, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    Love your post on ear piercing! We got our baby pierced by Tracy Burton, a nurse practitioner in GTA. She has a beautiful clinic in Milton and was very meticulous with makkng sure it was done right.

    • Yashy
      January 3, 2015 at 6:10 pm

      Thanks for letting us know that! 🙂

    • agnes
      December 30, 2015 at 8:53 pm

      Hi Sarah,
      What does Tracy use to pierce the ears? Does she use a needle or inverness?
      My 5 year old is asking to get her ears pierced and I am looking around trying to figure out what would be the best experience for her.

      • Yashy
        January 2, 2016 at 7:40 pm

        Hi Agnes, how did the piercing go? Unfortunately Sarah did not log in using an email addy so she may not have seen your question and I don’t have any contact details for her. Sorry about that.

      • Melanie
        August 17, 2016 at 3:20 pm

        Hi there, did you ever find out what system Tracy uses? Did you go to her? Inverness is supposed to be hand pressure mechanism, and I too am curious what Tracy uses… Any help would be greatly appreciated

        • Yashy
          August 17, 2016 at 3:59 pm

          Hi Melanie

          Unfortunately Sarah didn’t follow up and she didn’t leave an email addy for me to follow up either. Sorry about that.

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