At what age can you pierce your child's ears?

Kristin - posted on 08/05/2009 ( 136 moms have responded )

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I want to get my daughter's ears pierced. She is only 3 months. Is that too young?

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Francis - posted on 08/10/2012

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It is not too young, and actually lots of pediatricians can do it in the doctors office now.

Sara - posted on 08/07/2012

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i have 5 girls and i have taken all 5 of my kids to walmart of claires at exactly 4 months and i have never had a problem with scar tissue lol or the backs pokin them the earings they get have backings that are hard to get off on purpose so they cants get the earings off they grow up with them and so they dont mess with them as to where they get them when they are older and they mess with them and they get infected alot more just make sure you do gold or stainless steel or sterling silver

Wendi - posted on 10/13/2011

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it is good to know but i agree. my peditrician actually recomended it to be done at that age so for the people that are so judging he even agreed that they will mess with them less if you get them done when they are younger.

Wendi - posted on 10/13/2011

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no. 3 months is not too young. that is when i got my daughters done. You just have to have her shots done first.

Jaelyn - posted on 12/26/2009

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In Ca they say to wait until 1st shots, however I pierced my daughters ears when she was 5 days old. Since she was so little, she didnt fuss with them at all and they healed perfectly. I pierced them with a 16g piercing needle and she has worn some type of CBR earring since, I am not a fan of studs for kids because the backs can poke or twist while sleeping and cause infections or scar tissue. I am NOT an advocate of guns, they are harmful in my opinion, however I used to be a body piercer, pre-marriage, kids :)

Lamiae - posted on 12/26/2009

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My daughter is alomost 5 months old, and i am thinking about getting her ears pierced when she is 6 months old, because I think she will be old enough to take it. Plus my mom said that she got my ears pierced when I was 6 or 7 months old and I did not have any problems.

Baobei - posted on 12/26/2009

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hi. i'm a muslim. and my daughter got circumcised and ear piercing (using needles) at 4weeks old. she cried, but as soon as i carry her, she calmed down. as old people says, babies doesn't really know pain when they are newborn. the most important thing is to clean their ear hole for two weeks properly to prevent any infections. and right earings play a part too. some earings can irritate babies skin. mine is wearing gold loop rings. =)

Kylie - posted on 09/07/2009

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I am amazed that paediatricians and hospitals do ear piercing! Surely their time, skills and resources would be better used doing something medical???

Cathy - posted on 09/07/2009

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I believe it is up to the parents on when to have their daughter's ears pierced. My daughter is going on 12 and I waited until her 11th Birthday to have her ears pierced. I wanted her to be old enough to handle to responsibility of taking care of them. She has done a great job with it.

Nicole - posted on 09/06/2009

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I had all three of my daughters ears pierced at 3 months my youngest is now 6 months old. My 6 and 3 year old love the fact that they can wear earrings. I know a lot of parents think it should be the kids choice but the nice thing about earrings is you don't have to wear them when your older. I got mine done at 6 and stopped wearing earings at around 14. I still don't wear them much but I am glad i had my daughters all done as infants.

Skittles - posted on 09/06/2009

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any age is fine my DD was about 2-3 monthand all she wantedwas her bottle but if you do it that young do both at the same time so much better and easier

Felicia - posted on 09/06/2009

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I think any age where she can't ask for it is too young. I will never understand why ear piercing is acceptable...you wouldn't go pierce her lip or eyebrow so why should the ears be acceptable? I was a few months old when my mom pierced mine and when I was 3 my younger brother reached up and ripped my earring right out of my ear leaving it completely stretched out even now and I'm 24. It never closed back up. I think that piercing her body should be her choice not yours.

Melinda - posted on 08/27/2009

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no I got my daughters ears peirced when she was 2 months it was sooo sad but worth it... she cried and broke my heart!

Terri - posted on 08/24/2009

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I live in Spain and here its almost unheard of to not have your daughters ears pierced straight after their first immunisation, in fact friends of mine who have had girls over here and decided not to pierce have gotten some very nasty comments from little old ladies on the bus etc. I didnt get mine done until i was 14 and personally if i had a daughter i wouldnt do it until she asked me for it but equally i wouldnt judge someone for deciding to get it done while their still young enough not to remember...just bear in mind that toddlers and young kids play rough sometimes and peirced ears offer more chance of injury!

Aleasha - posted on 08/23/2009

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mmm 3mnths? thats 2 young..... shes still a new born. i got my daughter done at 3yrs, and same with my next daughter when she does. you do wana put ur lil baby threw that pain? they babies... heapsa time to get them done.

Barbie - posted on 08/22/2009

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if she has had her 2nd shots she can have her ears pierced both of my girls was pierced at 4mos. make sure someone can do both ears at the same time i found that to be easier on the baby

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Just curious..... why do parents pierce their babies ears so early? I mean do 3 month old, 6 month old babies really need their ears pierced? I have a 3 1/2 year old daughter and just do not see the point until she is a bit older and tells me that is what SHE wants.

Nicole - posted on 08/21/2009

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My mom had five girls and we all got our ears pierced at about four to five months old!

Tricia - posted on 08/21/2009

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I got my daughters done about a month ago and she is almost a year. I think three months is fine.Thats when I wanted to get Laylas done but her daddy wanted to wait.

Yasmin - posted on 08/18/2009

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I had my daughters ears pierced at 5.5 months and she was fine, just make sure that the people who are doing it are professionals and they use sterilised equipment.

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hi kristin! actually no it isn't. there are a few precautions though..you want to make sure whoever is doing it does it with sterilized equipment. and you will have to be sure to clean it and rotate them (it isnt a big deal to rotate the earrings but just to make sure they arent stiff and/or stuck in place) you are to keep it up for 6 weeks i understand. next thing, some pediatricians precaution moms about babies grabbing at their ears and irritating the ears..there are some cases of the earring slowly moving down the lobe and eventually tearing through the lobe without even signs of blood or so; gradually you know, so watch out for that happening though my guess is its rare. also some argue giving the fancier earrings( that is, anything other than knobs) to girls when they reach a responsible age like 8. bottom line..it is really about whenever you feel to give your daughter earrings..i also started my girls young and all is still well. there is no rule regarding when is too young or old. whenever it's right for you. ok toodles!

Lynna - posted on 08/18/2009

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Its your baby and your choice. I let my kids get old enough to decide for themselves if they wannted them or not.

Amber - posted on 08/18/2009

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I pierced my daughters ears when she was 6 months old, but then they kept falling out because I didn't have the right backing so I didn't pierce hers again until recently and she is now 2.5. She didn't flinch one bit, and she doesn't try to take them out or anything! I recommend Walmart, it's cheaper than Claire's, plus you can get the round screw on backing there so it doesn't hurt when they sleep with them in!

Naomi - posted on 08/16/2009

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I had my daughters done at 7 months. I would have done it earlier but the only do it from 6 months here and I also wanted to wait for her christening. I will be doing my second daughters at the same age! It didn't bother her at all, mainly cried because she didn't want me to hold her head still!! Much easier to keep clean when they are not moving around yet playing in dirt etc!

Colleen - posted on 08/16/2009

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Both of my daughters got theirs done at 6 months. Most of the places that do it here in Wisconsin won't do it until they are atleast 6 months old.

Maureen - posted on 08/16/2009

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In other countries, its perfectly normal to have your daughter's ears pierced a couple of weeks after birth. I had mine when I was a couple of months old. I have a 7-week old daughter and my husband and I are planning on having her ears pierced when she's between 3-6 months. I think that as long as both you and your husband agree on it, then there's no harm done.

Pamela - posted on 08/16/2009

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I got my daughters ears done two days b4 her 1st B/day, we got it done at the only chemist that did it from 6 months, the rest they have to be 5yr old. The good thing was that they did Double gun so she got both ears done at the same time so it was ova in 2 seconds, we just made her focus on some toys, then it was done she didnt even move or cry, she is now 17 months & had no problems with them, is like she doesnt even know she has them in

Louise - posted on 08/15/2009

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I waited till she asked for them to be done she just had them done for her 3rd birthday and I had a second set done, she understands to turn them and to be careful when getting undressed was one of those mother/daughter things and although it hurt and I told her it would, she loves them and its great she will remember we had them done together xx

Monica - posted on 08/15/2009

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I did it at 6 months, she cried a bit, but then she forgot, now she is wearing earrings all the times, sometimes it itches, but is a thing to clean up around it with some alcohol, or peroxid water, and that's it.

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Alot of my friends pierced thier kids ears from 3-6months.Personally i think it is to young my daughter got hers pierced last yr. when she was 7.It's totally what u think on the matter.

Desiree' - posted on 08/15/2009

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well i think that is up to the mom i got my little girls ears pierced when she was three it was a reward for no more diappers but she remebers it and it was not easy it hurt and she cried alot so i would say whatever you feel is right do it good luck!!!!

Denise - posted on 08/14/2009

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My daughter was 3 1/2 months, she didn't start crying til after the jeweler pierced the 2nd ear, but once I picked her up she stopped crying and forgot all about it. I've had friends that waited til 6 months or more and have heard some horror stories including uneven piercings because as they get older they move around a lot more.

Also suggest not to let 2 people pierce at the same time because each person tends to use a different angel therefore leaving your daughter with uneven piercings.

Good Luck!

Lori - posted on 08/14/2009

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Each state is different. There are laws saying when you can do them. When my 1st daughter was a baby, I got hers done as soon as it was legal. I think around 8 wks old. She cried for 5 mins and now doesn't have to worry about the pain of having it done. As I got older and had my second daughter, I was too chicken! I couldn't bring myself to do it to her. So I let her decide on her own. One day, just a few months ago, walking in the mall she stated " I want my ears pierced today." Because she chose it, she walked in, sat down, and never shed a tear. I got the other daughters done because she was bald headed and people thought she was a boy. With the second one, she had hair and hair bows!

Stephanie - posted on 08/12/2009

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It depends on the state you live in. Different states have different reqirements. My daughter is 6 and i feel that because it's not my body I should not make that choice for her. When she wants her ears pierced she will let me know and i will take her.

Brittani - posted on 08/12/2009

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I don't think so. I had my ears pierced at only 2 weeks old. Anytime is acceptable I believe and if I have any girls, they will get their ears pierced as young as the piercer will allow it which is about 1 month.

Angela - posted on 08/12/2009

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Had my daughters pierced by a great CLEAN place when she was a month old, she's fine and now 4. It's up to you but most places won't do it till 3 months.

Lydia - posted on 08/12/2009

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I come from a culture where it's a tradition and normal to have a girls ears pierced when they're babies...but when it came to my girls I couldn't take them myself so another family member took them to get their ears pierced for me. It's really your decision and what you feel comfortable with but personally I don't think 3 months is too young.

Tina - posted on 08/12/2009

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I've seen girls with their ears pierced that young. I always worried it might be to painful for them since they lay all day. I waited until my daughter was old enough to ask for them, she was 4. she was so proud of herself for doing it =)

Kim - posted on 08/12/2009

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I asked my daughter's pediatrician that question. She told me it would be best to wait until she had her tetanus shot.

Bonnie - posted on 08/11/2009

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I think my mom said I was 6 months old when she did mine. But my brother is a professional piercer and says the guns they use in the mall are so unsanitary and full of so many diseases. They do not clean the guns at all. They will clean the earing and the ear lobe. You can catch things as dangerous as Hepatitis or worse! They do not normaly let children into Tattoo shops but a professional is what you want over a teen with a diseased gun.

Anna-Blair - posted on 08/11/2009

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My parents did mine at 2 years and sister at 3 months I don't see a problem with it.

Kassey - posted on 08/11/2009

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mine were both done at 6 mos and I think the places that do it can't do it on a child younger than that I also know some Dr.s offices do it so it is a more sterile environment so you might ask her Ped. My 9 year old loves having her ears pierced and my 2 year old has decided she doesn't like wearing earrings so we took them out. Also my god daughters ears were pierced at about 2 years and she messed with them till they were infected really bad so I think early is better.

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