Guest Post By Scott Reddler
To pierce or not to pierce? THAT is a big question. Whether you decide to wait or take the plunge now, every parent who decides to pierce a child’s ears needs to know the do’s and don’ts of how to choose the right pair of baby earrings. After all, there is a lot more to consider then simply picking a pair that is cute or matches an outfit. As parents, we need to keep our kid’s safety and comfort in mind when choosing the perfect pair of earrings for a child.
For more information on how to choose the right pair of baby earrings, please scroll through the following do’s and don’ts:
Do look for high quality earrings. There are a variety of different metals and gemstones to consider when purchasing baby earrings. However, it’s important to note that our child’s skin can be very sensitive. Instead of opting for the cheapest or cutest options, look for earrings that are 14K or 18K gold or pure silver. Sometimes cheaper metals can cause physical allergic reactions such as skin discoloration, contact dermatitis, and even infections. High quality earrings might be a little more costly upfront, but exposure to cheap products can cause a child unneeded discomfort and pain.
Do be leary of cheap children’s jewelry. Within recent years, over 180 million pieces of children’s jewelry have been recalled in the United States alone. The reason? Manufacturers have been found using high levels of lead and other dangerous heavy metals to make jewelry intended for children. In fact, a few years ago researchers found that in one Walmart store alone, close to 25 percent of their kids’ jewelry had over 300 times the approved amount of lead. This is frightening, because exposure to these metals, especially lead, has been proven to cause learning delays and health problems to develop.
Don’t choose hoops or large earrings. It’s important that we keep our child’s comfort in mind when picking their first pair of earrings. We want ones that are small enough to prevent rubbing, irritation, or poking while they are playing, crawling, napping, and more. After all, we don’t want them to snag their earrings on blankets, hair, or clothing which can cause them pain. At first, opt for simple choices, such as a basic stud.
Do look for earrings with screw-backs. It’s no secret that kids lose items. Prevent expensive earrings from getting lost by choosing earrings with screw-back posts. These allow you to twist the back onto the post and secure the earrings. This will make it much more likely a baby or young child will not lose an earring which can be costly or even a choking hazard. As an added benefit, these types of earrings are typically more comfortable to wear even when lying down.
Do consider the size of the gemstone. Many manufacturers make earrings that are geared specifically for children. These are generally petite, the ideal size, and the perfect weight for the small lobes of a baby’s tiny ears. When purchasing a pair of baby earrings, ask the sales clerk if they have products specifically geared for your child’s age.
Don’t forget to do a little research. Before buying earrings for piercing a child’s ears, make sure you ask your pediatrician if they have any suggestions or concerns about piercing a baby’s ears. Often, many prefer we wait two weeks after a child has had their first tetanus shot which is usually given around 2 months of age and to use hypoallergenic studs. Don’t hesitate to ask if they can pierce a baby’s ears in the office or if they can recommend a reliable piercing business that has good reviews and is current on all of their licenses. If you are still hesitant, it is alright to ask more questions or wait until you feel more comfortable with the process.
What tips can you share for choosing the right pair of baby earrings?
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