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When can I pierce my baby's ears?

How old should my baby be before I pierce her ears?
Submitted by American Baby Team

Though you may love the look of pretty pierced ears on your little girl, most pediatricians would prefer that kids not wear earrings until they're 3 or 4 because they're a choking hazard. If you choose to pierce baby's ears, wait until she's at least 6 months, when there's less of a risk if she develops a fever if the ears get infected. Also, ask your doctor if her office does ear piercing -- many do. While the places in the mall have to meet health standards, they may not be skilled at dealing with squirmy babies. --Kate Kelly

Originally published in American Baby magazine, August 2005. Updated 2009.

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