Earrings for your baby girl
Piercing a little baby’s ears is a practice that is common across many countries – and it is a symbolic rite of passage, not merely for purposes of embellishment and fashion. Ear piercing is a sacred tradition in India – “Karna Vedha” as it is called, is practiced in order to ward off any evil eyes or omens and a theory suggests that piercing the ear lobe has a spiritual and therapeutic value because the lobe, according to acupuncture, is the point of vision. Usually, according to custom, a babies ear is pierced in the first or third year but sometimes parents opt to pierce their ears as early as the twelfth or thirteenth day after their birth. The logic is, the skin and lobes are softer in the initial stages of life and the baby will feel less pain. Regardless of when you choose to pierce your child’s ears, make sure you choose a doctor to do it. Salons might offer piercing services but you do not know how sterile their instruments may be. It is also recommended that you choose to do this after a round of vaccinations is done as they will protect the child from any infection. After the piercing, wipe the ears with a bit of antiseptic or rubbing alcohol to keep germs at bay. After the piercing is done, take good care to make sure the piercing is not infected in anyway. Always use pure metal – gold, in fact, is the chosen metal for baby earrings. A thin wire, looped into a tight circle or small gold studs are perfect for your baby’s ears. Any other metal will irritate the piercing. While the piercing is over in less than a second, it might be wise to ask the doctor for any advice regarding pain management – perhaps a small dab of topical anaesthetic might be of use. Choose the earrings carefully – if you choose inadequate or incorrect styles they may do some damage to the little ear. Choose very good quality gold earrings so that there is no scope for infection. 24 or 18 karat gold is a very good choice.
Also, choosing studs with screws is the best option when it comes to baby ears – because it is impossible for the child to take them off and they don’t run the risk of falling off either. Keep the style simple – something perfect for adults might not be good for a child. Ideally, hoops and loops should not be worn by a child because the tiny hands can pull and tug at it, causing the piercing to tear. The backings of the earrings should be covered with a small bit of hard gel so that it does not hurt the baby when she sleeps. Ask your doctor what precautions you should keep in mind – like washing your hands before you touch your baby’s ears, using neem sticks in the piercings, avoiding going to busy and dirty marketplaces and taking special care during bath time.