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What you need to know before getting your child's ear pierced

Ear piercing is considered a significant moment in a child's life in India. Although ear piercing may appear to be something done to enhance one’s beauty,there is a lot more to it. 

Ear piercing, also known as Karna Vedha, is a traditional Indian practice. It is one of the 16 sacraments, rituals, and sacrifices done to denote cultural heritage and upbringing. It is seen as one of the several monumental stages of human life.

Scientifically speaking, having ears pierced at an early age presents numerous benefits for your health. The meridian point that links the right and left hemispheres of the brain is located in the ear lobes. These areas of the brain are stimulated by piercing this point. Ear piercing aids the brain's rapid and healthy growth.

No parent would want their little child to have their ears pierced incorrectly. Here are some questions that shouldn’t be left unanswered before you get your baby’s ears pierced.

1. When is the ideal time to pierce your baby's ears?

There is no legal age restriction for getting your child’s ears pierced. Piercing is an extremely personal decision that the parents must be ready to make.
Customarily speaking, in India, a newborn is often pierced on the twelfth day following birth. Several cultures encourage getting the child's ears pierced six months or a year after birth. In certain communities, it is performed after the thread ceremony in the case of boys.


Ear piercing has medicinal benefits. Piercing at a young age helps in the development of sensory organs. It helps with the health of hearing, brain development, vision, and speech.


Post-piercing care is important irrespective of age. Younger kids being in their parents' control can be strictly taken through post-piercing care compared to grown-up kids who are active with their set of activities.

So babies heal while they are sleeping, eating, and playing.

MySunar advises performing the piercing after the 2 initial vaccination shots (DPT) and when the baby is overall healthy, with no fever, and no ear infection.

2. What’s the best method of piercing?

Traditional needle piercing is proven to be the best method. It is pierced with the skilled hands of a Sunar (goldsmith) with controlled pressure on the ear lobe.

The traditional method adds to the health of children, gives a cleaner piercing with better precision, faster healing time, and hurts less too.

3. What type of piercing earrings would suit your baby the best?


Since it is a beginner's piercing, safety must supersede aesthetics. Gold as a metal is a stable element and chemically inert. It is the finest metal for piercings. It is non-reactive, does not rust or tarnish, and prevents allergic reactions. 

MySunar uses nickel-free and EO sterilised gold, which makes it the perfect skin-friendly product for babies. Metals, such as nickel, tin, zinc, and brass are invariably found in most gold. They can irritate the skin and trigger severe allergies and infections. 

Silver is the second-best alternative one can consider.

4. What are the hygiene standards to be checked before piercing?


Never try to pierce the baby by yourself or by an inexperienced person. Consult a reputable and trusted piercing provider for your baby.

It's preferable to do the piercing in the comfort of your home. Home is the most hygienic place.

Use non-toxic and sterilised piercing earrings for your child.

Piercers must wash their hands thoroughly and wear fresh gloves before piercing. 

Use of hygienic piercing equipment such as cutters, marker pens, etc. is critical. The piercing hole must be marked by a sterile marker pen.

MySunars follows all hygiene standards, and the Sunars at MySunar have the expertise and skills to ensure that the infant is at ease and that the piercing is completed in a hassle-free manner.

5. What is the pre-care required before piercing?

It is of utmost importance that the baby is in good health with no fever and is free of any ear infections. 


So babies heal while they are sleeping, eating, and playing. no fever, and no ear infection. MySunar advises performing the piercing after the 2 initial vaccination shots (DPT) and when the baby is overall healthy, with no fever, and no ear infection. 

6. What is the post-care required after piercing:

When the child is pierced, aftercare is how one can ensure that the piercing heals properly. The most important factor in this is preventing infection. Here are some ways to take care of your child’s piercing:

  1. Keep the pierced area dry to avoid dampness.

  2. The rings must not be touched immediately after piercing, except while cleaning them.

  3. Clean the piercing area with saline solution or diluted Dettol whenever required.

  4. Apply coconut oil once a day and gently rotate the pierced rings

  5. Wash your hands well with soap and warm water before touching the piercing.

  6. Be gentle while touching the ears. Especially while bathing and dressing up.

  7. No soap or shampoo should come in contact with the piercing for a couple of days.

  8. Inspect the rare lobe every day to check for signs of infection.

  9. Wear the beginner's earrings for at least 6 months. That will ensure the bored hole forms up well and the child gets used to the metal.

  10. If there are signs of infection, please consult your doctor.

    MySunar focuses on all of the prerequisites for children's ear piercing. 

    We understand that piercing is done in families as a ritual or for beauty. We handle the babies with the utmost care.

    Children deserve the kind of tender loving care that MySunar promises.

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