My friend just had a beautiful baby girl named Kira and, let me tell you, she is SO excited to get Kira’s ears pierced! However, she’s hearing conflicting opinions about when the “best” time is for piercing a baby’s ears. I totally get it because I have a daughter too. It can be so hard to figure out when the right time to pierce a baby’s ear.
Some parents believe in waiting to pierce their baby’s ears until they are toddlers or until they can talk. Letting the child decide if and when she would like to have her ears pierced is not a bad idea. Not to mention, they get to pick out their very first pair of earrings. Alternatively, in many cultures, a baby’s ears are pierced hours after birth. Strictly speaking, there is no “best” time. It’s really up to you and your family.
Many child experts agree that six months of age is the earliest age due to a baby’s developing immune system. They claim that, before this age, any potential infections can be harmful. By six months, the baby should have a strong enough immune system to be able to fight off any possible infections.
What’s Important to Know About Piercing A Baby’s Ears?
Whenever you decide to do it, you’ll want to make sure you get your baby’s ears pierced by a professional who has experience with piercing babies’ ears. Medical ear piercing is an especially great option. The Blomdahl System is an ear-piercing method, available only through medical professionals, and it is entirely sterile, hygienic, and safe.
Moreover, once the piercing is complete, you don’t want to buy just any earrings for your child! When you buy earrings for babies, you only want nickel-free and hypoallergenic earrings.
Why Nickel-Free and Hypoallergenic Earrings?
Nickel is part of all cheap jewelry and even white gold and stainless steel. It can cause an allergic reaction in many people at any age, and estimates are that 11 million children suffer from nickel allergies. Itching, redness, and bumps are not symptoms a baby or child should have to experience. Always look for nickel-free earrings!
Hypoallergenic means that the product contains little to no irritants and has a reduced chance of causing an allergic reaction. However, it is sometimes possible for hypoallergenic jewelry to contain trace amounts of nickel.
What Types of Baby Earrings Should I Buy?
You know to steer clear of nickel. Unfortunately, there may be other allergens lurking in jewelry marketed explicitly to children that you want to avoid.
There are two types of earrings you should look at buying, especially when it comes to buying earrings for babies or children. They are medical plastic and medical-grade titanium earrings.
Medical Plastic Earrings
When something is labeled “medical grade,” it must undergo tests to ensure it meets strict criteria. The first analysis is to check for biocompatibility. Biocompatibility means the materials won’t irritate any kind in other materials or living tissue that it contacts.
Earrings with “medical grade” designations are always nickel-free and hypoallergenic. Medical plastic earrings are easy to clean, safe, and durable, making them an excellent choice for babies.
Medical Titanium Earrings
As with medical plastic earrings, medical titanium earrings are nickel-free and also considered “medical grade.” They have undergone the same strict testing for biocompatibility.
Titanium is similar to steel, but it is quite a bit lighter and corrosion resistant. Medical titanium is highly resistant to any wear and tear, making natural titanium earrings another fantastic choice for babies and children.
Where Is the Best Place to Find Earrings for Babies?
When looking for quality, inexpensive, safe earrings for babies, we have everything you need.
Blomdahl USA carries only nickel-free and hypoallergenic jewelry and earrings for babies and adults. Our huge selection of exclusively designed medical plastic earrings and medical titanium earrings will ensure you will find the perfect earrings for your baby.