At some point, it seems like every little girl will start begging her parents to let her get her ears pierced. Earrings may be pretty and fun, but there are some things that you should think about before getting your ears pierced.
1. The risk of infection. When you get your ears pierced, you are literally inserting something into your body. The risk of infection is therefore somewhat higher than for a non-invasive procedure. You need to keep your new piercings clean, and do exactly what they tell you in order to take care of them.
2. Allergies. If you are prone to allergies, you my react to earrings that are made out of cheaper or impure metal (gold, silver and platinum are usually safe). If you react to earrings of a certain material, you will start reacting to bracelets, necklaces and rings made out of that same material as well.
3. The risk that your holes may close. Particularly for the first several months after piercing, your holes may start to close if you don’t wear earrings for long periods of time.
4. Stretching. If you wear heavy earrings, your skin may start to stretch, making your holes lopsided and unsightly.
If you want to get your ears pierced, have a long chat with Mom and Dad first. Earrings can be fun, but make sure that you really want to holes in your ears for the rest of your life first.