What type of earrings should I use for an infant?

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What type of earrings should I use for an infant?
Choose earrings for your baby that won't compromise her safety. (Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Piercing an infant's ears is a cultural practice that dates back 6,000 years in some African, Nordic and Aboriginal civilisations. If you choose to have your baby's ears pierced, you should learn the right types of earrings she can comfortably wear to protect her health and safety.

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The backing of an infant's earrings, unlike earrings for adults, should not be pointed. Pointed backings can scratch your baby's skin or hurt her if it presses against her ears as she sleeps.


Screw-back earrings with threaded posts are a better choice for your infant's earrings. These don't have the pointed backing and provide more comfort. They are also difficult to remove so your baby can't accidentally take them off. Lever-back earrings or those with push-on screws are also suitable for babies.


Keep the style simple when choosing earrings for your baby. Anything too fancy, even something which is considered simple for adults, such as loop earrings, are not suitable for infants. Your baby's fingers can get caught in hoop earrings and pull them. Simple studs are the best type of earrings for babies to wear and are widely available in gemstones, birthstones and pearls.


It is recommended that infants wear earrings made of 14 carat or 18 carat gold. It is the best choice for delicate skin because the gold has less nickel content, which is usually the cause of allergic reactions. Using fake jewellery can lead to skin reactions causing itchiness and rashes.

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