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But, since we ended up having two girls, I was able to dodge the whole circumcision situation and instead had to deal with the earring thing.
My sister never had her ears pierced as a child and, perhaps in retaliation, when she was a teen she numbed her lobes with ice and pierced several holes in her ears and wore multiple earrings. When we brought our daughter home from the hospital, the first thing everyone seemed to notice was her lack of earrings!
The rationale is that since they are newborns, they cannot pull and tug at their earlobes like they do when they are older, so the risk of infection is much lower at birth. Finally, when she was eight months old and with her father’s consent (I guess he got tired of having to defend himself), I went to a pharmacy in Seville and asked for my daughter’s ears to be pierced.
When I got pregnant with my second child and knew she was a girl, I vowed I would simply get her ears pierced at the hospital, as it’s always been done in Spain, and save us all a lot of angst. A couple of months after that picture was taken, we unexpectedly moved to Florida for my husband’s work.
As my kids grew older, however, they started asking to change their earrings, or just not wear them, to the dismay of both my Argentine suegra and me.
The long and the short of it is that while I continue to wear four earrings at once, neither of my girls, now 11 and 8, wear theirs.
Besides, unlike a circumcision, which is done by a doctor, I see a lot of problem with ear piercings. Best piece on this controversial subject, and thank you for not neglecting to tie in circumcision. We can debate about this for days–I remember my ears being pierced the old fashioned way with the needle and thread. First, some say moms shouldn’t pierced their baby girls ears ears because it is cruel. Second, I grew up too with a “white bread ”WASPY” mother who didn’t pierce her ears until she was well into her 30s, having been told by my grandmother that only gypsies had pierced ears. Found this article interesting, and no, I’m not a Latina (but I am American Armenian if that means anything).
We were very warmly welcomed, everything explained very well and the nurse was amazing with my daughter.
The lady was super friendly, made me us comfortable and was really quick so the pain was very minimal for my 6 months old.
We are a family operated salon whose delight has been to pierce customers that live in Dallas or that may be visiting from other parts of the world.
If a professional has pierced your body following the correct procedures, there’s no specific aftercare to follow. Wash your hands with warm water and antibacterial soap before touching or washing your piercing. Ensure that any clothing and bedding that may come into contact with the area around the piercing is clean.
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Even though the disease is not very common (thanks to immunizations), the tetanus bacteria is everywhere. I would prefer that a baby have at least one (better two) tetanus shots behind her before her big day. Our goal is to improve children's health by inspiring parents to become knowledgable partners who can work with their children's physicians in new and rich ways. This is probably because there are more and more little Latina girls running around with earrings adorning their cute little earlobes. Being bicultural, not only did I have to think of names that would sound similar in both English and Spanish, but I also wondered whether I would pierce their ears.
So when I moved to Spain at 5 years old, I was one of the few girls who did not wear cute earrings.

We had to go to some lady’s dark and dreary house—I guess she was considered an ear-piercing expert? To make matters worse for me, most Latin countries are still very traditional in how they dress their babies. And I was anxious all over again, knowing I’d have to deal with judgment from other moms, as ear piercing in babies wasn’t the norm here.
But I honored their wishes, the same way I let them choose their clothes from an early age. They look adorable…i am a africian american woman that has had her ears pierced since child birth by my aunt which used a needle and thread. Cerebrally, as mothers of girls of all ages, we know it celebrates their femaleness and femininity. However, I’d say you’re thinking about it while pregnant or soon after giving birth, then your mommy intuition is telling earlier is better.
Personally, though I my 1 baby was a boy, I think if I had had a baby girl, I would have had her ears pierced. Strange, but hey, my son is 22yrs old and this is a different generation of moms & Americans.
Newborns are not supposed to feel anything when their ears are pierced, or so we are told..
I figured if I didn’t do it, they would want earings when they grew older and it would be much more painful Of course, if they had their ears pierced, they probably wouldn?t like earrings, to go against their mother! We wanted to have our baby daughter’s ears pierced and could not find a place at which we felt comfortable, in Ohio where we live.
The nurse was so helpful and kind and everything in the office was immaculate down to the piercing. In that time, those who have pierced their ears should avoid swimming in swimming pools, hot tubs, lakes, streams, rivers and the sea as it is possible to pick up an infection from a body of water. Don’t clean the piercing site with saline solution as this increases your risk of infection. If you have an ear or facial piercing, having baths rather than showers will help you to keep the piercing dry. Minor infections may be treated with antibiotic cream, and a more serious infection may need antibiotic tablets. The first tetanus shot is usually given at the 6 to 8 week old checkup; the second at the 4 month checkup. I am looking for a safe place to have my daughter's ears pierced for her 10th birthday. I argued about it with my then-husband, who while also bicultural, thought the practice was barbaric.
Her cats circled around my legs as I waited patiently, but a little frightened, as I watched her sterilize a sewing needle by burning it in alcohol. I wonder if it was a way of expressing my anger that I hadn’t had my ears pierced at birth “just like everyone else” in my culture. But my eldest—a tomboy from birth—would cry if I dressed her in frilly dresses, so people would assume she was a boy.
I guess my only problem with it is that I never had the choice, and I see it as having gender norms forced upon children at a young age, ie, girls are for decoration. My grandmother, God bless her soul, tried piercing my ears with ice, a long red thread and a sterilized needle. Some pediatricians do it in their office or have a trained nurse perform the procedure for mom.
I think it just depends on your own personal choice whether or not you wish your baby or little girl to have pierced ears.
We found the Medical Ear Piercing Clinics online and scheduled an appointment with them to coincide with our trip to visit family in NJ.

It only took about 20 minutes for the whole thing and my daughter came out with the biggest smile.
Lower body piercings are harder to keep dry, so it may be best to sponge-clean your body for the first three days. I think that at 4 weeks old, she doesn’t have a clue as to where or what her ears are, as opposed to a 4-5 month-old baby, so I would rather have it done now.
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Latina moms accuse Anglos of cultural insensitivity in the same breath that Anglo moms compare earlobe piercing to genital mutilation. When I was 7 and about to have my first communion, I asked my grandmother to please get me some earrings to go with my miniature bride’s dress. Because in Spain, the custom has always been for your baby to leave the hospital wearing her first bling. Whether they  never wear earrings to rebel against having their ears pierced as babies or get more holes than a colander in their lobes, it will be their choice. Also little babies can grab their ears, so unlike a penis in a diaper, how do you prevent a baby from irritating the hole in their ear when it’s pierced? Growing up in south Florida with such a large Hispanic population I guess that’s the norm. While the left earlobe went well, the right earlobe piercing went a little too high – so it took a second piercing to even out the look.
Growing up I remember many of my little girlfriends were not allowed to get their ears pierced.
She gave me some info how to find the right person, place, type of earrings and post care instructions. The clinic was very clean and piercing was done with a high degree of precision and professionalism.
I’m pretty sure it’s under different ownership from the past reviews because I have no complaints.
Also, babies are better able to handle the more common minor skin infections they might get once they are more than 3 months old. I thought this was insane, because in Spain nobody cuts a little piece of skin off their baby?s cute little penis! Truth be told, it didn’t hurt me, and I suppose it didn’t hurt her, because she didn’t cry.
Then the thread was replaced with a little piece of this wood (how tribal!) and then sweet baby studs.
At first my Spanish father wouldn’t hear of it, but he finally let my grandmother have her way.
Many said it was painful, but all cried having a great deal of angst leading up to and including the actual ear piercing. We wld uses alcohol each day and vaseline to keep the thread from sticking and make sure you can turn the thread through the hole each day easily from using the vaseline.. All good, no regrets, would do it all over again and would have no issue having a pediatrician pierce my daughter’s ears. She tied the ends of the threads into two small loops and I was sent home with instructions for my abuela on how to take care of my lobes until they healed.
Or she would take a piece of the higher piece of straw from the broom that was bundled high that never touch the floor break a piece off clean with alcohol burn on both sides and use until the ears healed with same care as the thread..

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