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Old 02-29-2012, 07:41 PM   #11
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So far all of mine have asked by age 4 but we make them keep asking and give them the option to do it right before kindergarten if they still want. Dd1 chose this, dd2 waited till halfway through K to ask, and dd3 has been asking since she was 3. She starts K this fall.

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Old 02-29-2012, 07:51 PM   #12
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All of my girls had their ears pierced by the time they were 6 months. I wanted to do it when they were young to make sure they got cleaned and stayed clean. My girls never messed with them and never had any problems.

Also, I knew they would be active playing sports and they can't wear earrings. I wanted to make sure they wore their studs for plenty of time. It was the best decision for us. My oldest dd a few months ago told me she was glad hers were already pierced. She had some friends in class going through the process and glad hers was way done......in her words.
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:01 PM   #13
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I am another who lets the child ask. I prefer that they have a choice. Kearnan had his ear pierced at 5.5 when he asked to have it done. He had been spending a lot of time at the tattoo shop with dh and I while we got ink done and he liked spending time with the piercer there. After spending so much time with D (the piercer) he started asking for an earring for himself and when I explained to him what it would be like he still wanted it so I consented. We made it a special thing for him, and luckily D is very good with children. That brings me to my other issue, the subject of piercing guns vs piercing by a professional piercer. I would never allow my child to have a piercing done with a piercing gun. A professional piercer has to meet certain state requirements that a teen with a piercing gun does not. They apprentice under a professional before they are ever allowed to work on you or your child, again not true of your average mall piercer. A professional piercer uses a single use hollow tipped needle that removes a small piece of tissue vs a gun that cannot properly be cleaned and shoves a slightly sharpened object (the "piercing stud") through the ear causing tissue damage and swelling. A professional piercing simply provides a cleaner piercing and a better chance of proper healing. I have found piercers that will work with my children at a young age though I don't know about infants as I have never had the need.
It was always my understanding that piercing needles cut in a crescent shape but don't remove tissue, at least with any common, smaller gauges. Dermal punches remove tissue.

I think I had mine pierced twice when I was younger. The first I don't remember but I know it didn't last long, maybe a few days and they were out. The second time I was probably 7 and remember vividly. I am terribly allergic to the crappy jewelry they use with those. Even the ones labeled anti-allergenic or for sensitive skin. After a few days of being pierced, my ears were so swollen I wanted to take them out at night so I could sleep because it hurt so bad to lay down. In the morning, they were so swollen and crusty my mom was holding me down while I was crying and screaming as she tried to push them back through. It was HORRIBLE. Needless to say I never tried again until senior year when I used body piercing needles and used body piercing jewelry, which my body is fine with. Even now a couple hours in cheap jewelry and my skin is red and itchy.
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:22 PM   #14
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I am going to wait until LO asks and definitely not taking her to a mall kiosk. I will be getting them done with a needle by a professional.

You wouldn't get tattooed by a untrained teenage girl, nor should you get pierced by one.
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I think you should only do it when your child asks to have it done and only if they can have it done at a tattoo place with a needle...NOT a gun. My DD was 6.
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DD got hers done at 7 months, easy to take care of and done. She is 4 now and is asking for another set...I will probably wait a little on the second pair. I have my ears gauged and a 2nd hole, she tells me she likes my earrings and wants ears like mine
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I think the right time is when they ask to have it done and are old enough and responsible enough to take care of them.
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20. xP

I was 22 (23?) when I got mine done, and that was such a fricken' nightmare that I'm not going to let me children get their ears pierced until I am confident that they can take care of them, or they become adults. If they are responsible, then maybe somewhere around 12-14.
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My mom pierced mine when I was 2 or 3 months old. I was glad I never had to worry about it.
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I am another who lets the child ask. I prefer that they have a choice. Kearnan had his ear pierced at 5.5 when he asked to have it done. He had been spending a lot of time at the tattoo shop with dh and I while we got ink done and he liked spending time with the piercer there. After spending so much time with D (the piercer) he started asking for an earring for himself and when I explained to him what it would be like he still wanted it so I consented. We made it a special thing for him, and luckily D is very good with children. That brings me to my other issue, the subject of piercing guns vs piercing by a professional piercer. I would never allow my child to have a piercing done with a piercing gun. A professional piercer has to meet certain state requirements that a teen with a piercing gun does not. They apprentice under a professional before they are ever allowed to work on you or your child, again not true of your average mall piercer. A professional piercer uses a single use hollow tipped needle that removes a small piece of tissue vs a gun that cannot properly be cleaned and shoves a slightly sharpened object (the "piercing stud") through the ear causing tissue damage and swelling. A professional piercing simply provides a cleaner piercing and a better chance of proper healing. I have found piercers that will work with my children at a young age though I don't know about infants as I have never had the need.
Fyi when i was staring at the mall piercings today, they used single use piecers, not a reloadable gun. These are the same ones you can buy at a beauty supply store too.

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