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My daughter will be turning 5 soon and is interested in getting her ears pierced. Where is a safe place to take her? Also, I have heard in the past that I should have had them pierced when she was a baby, because she would not feel anything. I don't agree morally with that suggestion, however, is that true?

Ear piercing is purely cosmetic and thus can never be medically "recommended", but, of course, it's a popular and common procedure.  The American Academy of Pediatrics does advise that you "postpone the piercing until your child is mature enough to take care of the pierced site herself."  This is because there is always a small risk of complications:  infection at the site of the piercing, choking on a dislodged earring, embedding of an earring part in the ear lobe, or an allergic reaction to the metal in the earring.

Babies do feel pain, although they tend to be quickly and easily comforted.  If you are set on having your baby's ears pierced, please wait until at least 6 months old, after her first three DTaP vaccines, when she will have some protection against possible tetanus infection, which is a serious risk with any puncture wound.  Choose earrings that have the least chance of being opened or pulled off by your baby, with backs that screw on tightly or lock, and choose earrings made of surgical steel or 14 karat gold, including the posts and the earring backs.  In choosing a piercing location, speak up and ask about how they sterilize their equipment and how often they deal with infants. Ideally, they should have two piercers, so that the ears can be pierced simultaneously. You'll want to bring someone who will hold your baby firmly, no matter what.

Many parents choose to wait until their child is older and can decide for her/himself whether s/he wants those ears pierced. A motivated child will not mind the pain and will be more likely to take good care of the piercing sites. 

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