Ear piercing....

Jessi - posted on 08/16/2010 ( 37 moms have responded )

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my daughter is 7 months old and i am ready to pierce her lil ears . i was/am allergic to certain metals so i am concerned about whether she will be and wat is safe for her. wat is the best place to get it done, where i can find good safe inexpensive earings, etc. any one with a good answer??

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Jocelyn - posted on 08/16/2010

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If you insist on getting her ears pierced (I suggest waiting until she can make the decision herself) do NOT take her to a hair salon, or Clair's. Take her to your family doctor, or a piercing parlor. The plastic guns used at the cheap places cannot be sterilized properly so your chances of transmitting/receiving a blood borne disease are hugely increased. the guns also don't create the hole for the earring post; they just shove it through. Use disposable needles. Secondly, if you are allergic to metal (Ie nickle, as I unfortunately am) stay away from plated jewelry (ie silver plated, gold plated). Nickle is used in the process to attach one metal to another and it can cause a reaction. Also be careful with white gold (depending on the carat it can have a high percentage of nickle in it, which I didn't know until I got engaged and found out I was allergic to my ring!) Your best bet would be titanium, or fine silver, but if it is not a bad sensitivity, stainless steel. You can also find cheaper earrings that say "nickle free".

Angie - posted on 08/16/2010

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Wait until she's older. That way she can decide if she wants body modification herself and you may already know if she has allergies. If there is a possibility of her having allergies, the safest thing is not to have her ears pierced.

Unique - posted on 12/12/2012

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Never go to Claires!!!!! I took my daughter to her pediatrician they did it there. It was $50 for the procedure and the earrings. I would start there. They know what they are doing.

Molly - posted on 08/18/2010

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I had my daughter's ears pierced when she was 2 months old. However, as she got older she started playing with them. We lost one earring to three different sets. The last one was a diamond stud. I gave up after that! We just had them re-pierced last year and she has done great with them! I would not assume your child got your metal allergies...I have some and my daughter doesn't appear to have any problems. However, I do recommend if you plan on getting them done, find someplace that will do both at the same time. As to the comments about whether you should wait....it's totally up to you. It's your child, not theirs. The advice to go to your doctor or to a tattoo place is accurate...the guns may be quicker, but they push the skin through and can make it more prone to infection (trust me, I know..I have had quite a few). Just make sure you take care to clean her ears regularly if you do get them pierced. My DD ended up with a pretty bad infection in her ear because one of the earrings got stuck in a playplace at McD's and her father didn't take proper care of it when he put it back in (she was with him for a few weeks and when I got her back she almost passed out from the pain of getting the earring out).

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An allergy doctor (and possibly her pediatrician) should be able to test her for allergies to metals that are commonly used in earrings. Earrings do not have to be expensive there are some very inexpensive earrings at places like Claire's that are for sensitive ears.

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Clare - posted on 10/23/2012

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Clares will NEVER get my business again. Daughter and I went shopping for Homecomming, went into clares...which was packed. She picked out earings and we waitied in line over 15 minutes before I stormed out of the store. My daughter followed and forgot the earings were in her hand. (noite: she was carrying over 5 packages at the time). Needless to say they think she was shoplifting. We went to court and they sided with her as it was an honest mistake.



Now clares is comming after me for over $325.00. ANd they WONT work with me.



Boycott Clares NOW !

Patrick - posted on 08/21/2010

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What's the hurry? By the way, Taiwanese people believe if you do pierce a girl's ears, she'll be reincarnated as a boy.

Kathy - posted on 08/20/2010

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I have metal allergies too, and after having the baby it got worse, I can't even constantly wear my wedding rings, that didn't bother me before. We got hers done about a month ago and no problems so far, but just make sure you get high quality earrings like 10-14k gold, or titanium. Silver can be good, but if it tarnishes it might bother her.

Jeannie - posted on 08/20/2010

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I always thought a child should choose when old enough. and thats when they ask..something they'll always remember!

Marie - posted on 08/19/2010

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My inlaws took my daughter shopping and came back with her ears pierced when she was only three years old. I was furious because I wasn't consulted and I thought she was way too young. I guess everyone has different thoughts on the subject. My granddaughter had gers done at nine yrs, and had been asking for awhile.

Jackie - posted on 08/19/2010

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I have 2 daughters, ages 14 and 9. I made my oldest wait until she was 12 and able to take care of them herself. My youngest will wait til then too.

Samantha - posted on 08/18/2010

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Claires in the mall and get the 14kt gold ones :) That is what we did for my daughter

Becky - posted on 08/18/2010

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My daughter was 7 months when she got her ears pierced. Her doctor's office done it. It was more expensive but well worth it.

Heather - posted on 08/18/2010

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I don't beleive in peircing a childs ears until they are old enough to be able to care for them themselves. But, if yuo have an allergy to certain medals I would let yuor pediatrician know of yuor plans and ask his or her opinion. Allergies as nothing to mess with I have them myself, in fact they aer so bad I can't wear earrings anymore.

Krista - posted on 08/18/2010

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Funny enough, where I live you now have to wait until your child has had all of their shots up until one year.

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I'm allergic to metals too.. But they only pierce ears with gold earrings.. We just took our girls to Clair's in the mall.

Aneta - posted on 08/18/2010

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well I had my daughter's ears done when she was 6 months. We got them done at Claire's. I also had the same concerns and was told that it's better to get their ears pierced younger cause they won't pull and touch them, less chance of infections, as for the metal, I was told they don't use metal anymore, so we got Alana's ears pierced in 4mm 10k gold studs.

Malini - posted on 08/18/2010

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Most ideal time to get it done. a little later and you will find it difficult to hold her tight and also the placement. Remember earlobes grow....Please get it done with a doctor....They know how to handle babies, lest you get the jitters.....Also they would have the ear piercing gun, which is the easiest.....It does'nt hurt. And before you know 'its done'. The earring too is made of surgical metal which is gold plated....

Stifler's - posted on 08/17/2010

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I got mine done at a beauty therapist when I was 7 then again when I was 10 because they got infected and Ihad to take them out. Chemists here do it and I got the second holes done there and I went to some crap shop to get the tops of my ears done and they stuffed it up so I had to take it out. I reckon proffessional piercing/ tattoo shops are the best way to go, they never stuff it up.

Stephanie - posted on 08/17/2010

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I had my daughters ears pierced when she was 5 months old - we did it at the doctor's office and he used the safe surgical steel posts. Unfortunately, he wasn't much of an artist and got them uneven! I let the one side close up and went back in. This time his receptionist did it and it was perfect! She eventually moved from the steel posts to 14K diamond studs & that has been her signature look ever since. She is now 16 on on her third pair - as she grows, so does the size of her stone!

Jessica - posted on 08/17/2010

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im a qualified ear piercer and the ear rings they use shouldnt cause allergy also even though your allergic to something doesnt mean your baby will be also make sure you go to a nice clean salon

Tia - posted on 08/17/2010

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oh and we just went and got 14k gold b/c im very sensitive to metal and latex and a bunch of things irritate me easily, figured couldnt go wrong with gold :)

Tia - posted on 08/17/2010

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i have an 8 month old daughter, and we got her ears peireced at 4 months, woulda done it sooner but she was super tiny (IUGR/SGA). in my family we never wait after 6 months idk y but its working fine no complaints after over 40 yrs lol
but do it when yu feel shes ready b/c yu kno best!
oh and we got em done at Claires, a little jewlery store

Danielle - posted on 08/17/2010

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Titanium is probably the best way to go. I have problems as well, and my daughter has done just fine. There are jewelry stores in the mall who do ear piercings, I took my baby to Helzberg to get them done. You could always go to piercing pagoda, or even Claire's.

Stifler's - posted on 08/16/2010

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Most places have surgical steel studs for piercing, they're the only ones that don't infect my ears.

Becky - posted on 08/16/2010

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I got my oldest girls done at Claires in the mall at 2 months old and my youngest girls done at Wal-Mart. they both did a great job.I say do them when they are little like that because if they are older like I was 9yrs old I kept touching them and got them infected.I buy most of my girl jewlery at Walmart 10-14k.They have childrens jewlery.Also Target.Good luck!!!!

Alexis - posted on 08/16/2010

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i had both my girls done at claires in the mall (at 3 months old) which was where i always got mine done and i used nickel free stainless steel cause thats all i can use with out getting 14 karot or more so it was pretty cheap and done safely as well

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My daughter got her's pierced at the mall when she was 3 months old. I know my sisinlaw is taking her daughter to the Pedi when she is 5 months to have it done because like you she's allergic to certain metals. I know I have some sensitivty and always buy the sensitive metal earrings.....Claires has them marked as such but if you go someplace else you just have to ask for them. Most places sell senstive metal ones.

Josie - posted on 08/16/2010

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We're lucky that the jewelry stores do piercing so we know it's safe. Find a shop that uses an actually piercing gun. Make sure they use alcohol & make sure you witness them open a sterilized/brand new pair of piercing earrings. You should go to one that does both ears at the same time. It's less hassel & your baby doesn't have to feel the pain moments apart.

Good Luck!

Julie - posted on 08/16/2010

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Piercing Pagoda awwwww they did mine 30 years ago!!!!
You can also take you daughter to the doctor to have it done

Lyndsay - posted on 08/16/2010

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I have an allergy to metals as well and I've always had to use titanium instead of sterling silver or stainless steel. It's a bit more expensive, but its what is generally used when there is a metal alloy allergy and its a safe bet even if she's not allergic.

Alex - posted on 08/16/2010

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I got my daughters ears pierced inside a mall in Kansas City, MO. It was called Piercing Pagoda & they did a really great job :)

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