Not sure if anyone asked this question yet..But anyone who have girls how long did you wait to get thier ears pierced?

Hope - posted on 05/11/2009 ( 524 moms have responded )

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OK I know there might be some mothers who agree or disagree with this..but I've seen baby girls like 3 weeks old with ears pierced but I think in my opinion that's too early..I got told they recommend 6months...and then I got told at least wait a year old before doing that, I want to get my daughters ears pierced like get her birth stones in which is month of FEB..so just wondering how young was your little one before you got their ears pierced?

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Tamara - posted on 05/11/2009

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This has been covered before but personally, I am of the mind that any piercing should not be done unless a.) the child asks for it and b.) they are mature enough to care for it themselves.

User - posted on 05/12/2009

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I was told that 3 months (after their first round of shots) is recommended. Also as far as waiting to make it the childs choice....if when they are older they choose not to wear earrings they don't have to. The piercing hole is not a gapping hole. I have double piercing in my ears and I have not worn earrings in the top ones for years...you can't even tell the holes are there.

Mary - posted on 05/12/2009

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I used to work in a store where we did ear piercing and we didn't do babies under 6 months old. I hated doing babies at all because they cried so bad after and it made me feel like such an awful person! There is some kind of cream that you can buy to put on their ears about a half hour before you bring them to get their ears pierced that numbs their little ears and I have actuly pierced a baby while she slept and she didn't ecen flinch.



But I think it is something that should be up to the child to have done or not. From my experience having to do piercings it is much easier to get them straight and done properly when your child is old enough to know to sit still. Also I find babies ears just to tiney and while we always took our time and made sure they were marked evenly it is way to easy to peirce them unevenly just because of how much babies move and so on....In my opinion it is much safer and easier not to wait.

Ayla - posted on 05/12/2009

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My daughter was just over a year old when we got her ears pierced. We've had no problems. It's a simple procedure, and a young child forgets all about it by the following day, a bit like when you take them to get their innoculations. I've never heard of a little girl who got upset that her mom had her ears pierced as a baby. I've heard that you should wait until a baby is six months or older as a precaustion. It makes sense in that thier immune system is up and running by then, but it really isn't an involved procedure. As long as you clean the area daily during the healing process, there should be no problem at all. My daughter had absolutely no problems with her ears. They were red for about an hour, and she was a little grumpy during that time (a natural reaction) but after that, no problem. We got our little girl's birth stone too! Good luck with making your decision!

Tamara - posted on 05/11/2009

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Oh, and I would never go to a place such as Claire's or Libby Lu's as piercing guns are not able to be properly sterilized as well as being much more painful. If you wish for your child's ears to be pierced go to a REPUTABLE tattoo/piercing shop as they are extremely clean and use sterile equipment.

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Lila - posted on 12/21/2011

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I got my ears pierced when I was 18 yes old because my mom was anti- piercing and wouldn't sign. I took two of my nieces when they were young teens (with parents permission) and it was difficult for them due to fear and they had problems because they wanted to change earrings too soon and wear heavy earrings before their ears healed. I did my daughter's at 7 months (after certain immunizations). It was great! Easy to care for while nursing, and she never bothered them. In fact, we didn't even take her piercing earrings out until this year when at age five she's wanting to try new earrings.

Heather - posted on 06/10/2009

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i had my daughters ears pierced at 8 weeks. she only cried cause i had to hold her head still;) some places make you wait, you just have to check around. i did it early so she wouldnt be able to play with them (you know how dirty little kids fingers can get). we didnt have a problem at all with them. im almost 8 weeks pregnant and if this one is a girl i will definiatley do it again

Jennifer - posted on 06/10/2009

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Didn't read all these so don't know if it's been said but when I asked my daughter's pediatrician about it she said it's good to do it at the 6 month appointment. They are still young enough to forget about the pain a minute after it's done but any younger than that is a little too young. also they do the piercings IN the doctor's office. Ask your doctor if they do medical ear piercings...in the end we didn't get it done cuz my husband didn't want her to anyway. lol

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forgot to mention that my girlfriend got her daughter done around 5/6mos. and it is really cute and healed proper coz the kid dont fiddle with them like an older one would.

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if you do it..do it younger like 6 mos. they wont fiddle with it and they can heal properly and then if the kid dont want it when she older then fine and the hole will close up. no big deal. for my girls tho i am waiting until the are old enough to make the decision on their own just like when i was a girl at the age of 7 because then it tought me resposibility and caring for them and i got to save my chore money for new pairs. it helped teach me alot!! lol

Marwa - posted on 06/10/2009

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i had my girl's ear pierced when she was 3 weeks old, i know she was veryyoung, but i did it, and she is doing fine, looking cute with the little pink earings

Shelley - posted on 06/06/2009

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i got my first daughter lily's ear pierced jst before her second birthday. and my second daughter skye is nearly 6 months and im planning on getting her ears done pretty soon x

Alma - posted on 06/06/2009

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I just took my little girl to get her ears pierced. She is 5 months. They used the little gun to pierce her ears. She didn't flinch. It's mostly a personal decision. In our family, culture, you pierce the ears when they're young.

Alma - posted on 06/06/2009

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I just took my little girl to get her ears pierced. She is 5 months. They used the little gun to pierce her ears. She didn't flinch. It's mostly a personal decision. In our family, culture, you pierce the ears when they're young.

Sandy - posted on 05/23/2009

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I had my baby girl's ear pierced after her first set of shots. That is when the docs suggested. It was super easy and she did great!

Taneia - posted on 05/23/2009

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My daughter was a preemie, so I waited a lil bit longer than other I know. However, she was 6months old, and it was done at her pediatricians office. I agree w/ the parent that said not to go to claires or places like those. I felt better w/ it being done at the Dr's office. I don't though think that piercing of the ears is something so terrible that you have to wait till the child is old enough to ask. For a boy maybe, but not a little girl. It's not like giving them a tatoo, and when they get older they have the option not to wear the earrings. I saw a lil girl w/ 2holes at 5..now i thought that was "a bit ridiculous"

Karen - posted on 05/23/2009

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She was old enought to decide for herself that she wanted her ears pierced....16.

Katherine - posted on 05/23/2009

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My mom waited until we were 8 and then took us to see her get her ears pierced and let us decide if we wanted them. My mom, my sister and I each have 2 holes per ear but usually only use the first one.

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My parents made my sister & I wait until we were 16 to get our ears pierced. 20 years later I still think that was unreasonable. I don't agree with piercing a baby's ears because it should be her choice. I've always thought that 10 was a good age (which is probably when I'll let my daughter if she wants to; she's 3 now) for a girl. At that age, they will also be more likely to be responsible enough to take care of the cleaning, etc that comes with piercing.

Bobbie - posted on 05/21/2009

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i had my daughters ears pireced at 4 months. We waited until after she had her second shots (dr recommended it) and she has never had a problem with them and never "messed" with them. She is 3 now and we just changed them for the 3rd time in her life and she loves showing off her NEW earrings. It is a personal decision but I wanted to do it while she was young so she would be used to the feeling of them being there and she wouldn't be pulling and tugging on them. I dont regret it one bit. If she doesn't like them she can always take them out.

Gwen - posted on 05/21/2009

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I believe the earlier the better I got my daughters ears pierced at the age of 3 months and she is now almost 15 and she has never had any problems. She never played with her earings as she was too small and by the time she was mobile she never even realized they were in her ears. I would have done them earlier but there were regulations that the medical clinic had to abide by also get them done by a doctor and not at a store the earings are much harder to remove and believe me it was a challenge to remove them but at least you know they will not fall out of their ears.

Mandi - posted on 05/21/2009

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I pierced my 3 year old's ears my self, after she told me she wanted her ears pierced. The earrings didn't last long, and she soon stopped wearing them,,, mainly because she wouldn't let anyone change them for her. Then when she was 8 and her sister was 6, they each got their ears pierced together... and guess what? my 8 year old, still won't let anyone change her earrings and no longer wears them. However, my six year old loves to change her earrings... go figure! It's hard to say when its right to pierce her ears. I was a licensed ear piercer and put earrings in many, many girls, babies and ladies... and EVERYONE reacts differently...

Hope - posted on 05/21/2009

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Hey all thanks for all your input on the ear piercing..just an update here after careful consideration and weighting my thoughts about this decision, I HAVE decided to wait til she is old enough to decide on her own and able to look after her own ears. One I have having back and fourth thoughts about it and I got to thinking if I am that unsure about it and nervous about taking her somewhere and if she should get an infection some how that she doesn't keep any hair clips or anything in her hair she takes them out so Ive been worried about her picking at her ears and some how ripping the earrings out which I can see her doing and blood everywhere. Plus I thought about it some more that I do agree it is a personal choice for someone to make their mind up if they want holes in their ears or any part of the body. As much as it would look really cute on her it would NOT be cute with infected ears..or blood everywhere. But again thanks for all your advice it did help me make up my mind.

Amanda - posted on 05/21/2009

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I had my daughters ears pierced at 5 months, and honestly I don't regret it one bit. I was able to take care of them and she never messed with them. Some people I talk to that had theres done at a later age have had to let them grow shut, because they wouldn't let them take care of them.

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My daughters have to wait until they can look after them. Right now that age is set at 11 (currently they are 5 & 8), but we will see what their maturity is at 11. I dont wear earings, though I have holes in my ears, but I believe it must be their choice and they must be able to look after it. PLus it is something that they will do special with me and they are enjoying looking forward to it. Delayed gratification is a wonderful thing!

Cheryl - posted on 05/21/2009

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My daughter wanted them when she was five and it was a disaster! Even with the spinning, the earrings got embedded and infected. We let them close up and tried again at 7 and a 1/2 and she's doing great with them. For us the silver worked better than gold. I waited until she asked me for them and even at 5 she was really too young but lots of kids do great with earrings even as babies.

Monica - posted on 05/21/2009

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It's her ear so who am I to put a whole in it? I will let her decide later on when she is more able to make a rational decision.

Alena - posted on 05/21/2009

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6 months and everything turned out great! She looked adorable! If you're worried about where to go, your doctor's office might do it for you. I know mine does.

Autumn - posted on 05/21/2009

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I had my daughter's ears pierced at the early age of 6 months. They did it for me at the pediatrician's office and it was wonderful! It seems that things are changing and it's getting quite common to pierce a child's ears at an early age. The nurse who pierced my daughters ears used sterilized equipment and since I was at the pediatrician's office I felt assured that my doctors would help me to watch the piercings to ensure that they healed correctly. My daughter was too young to be bothered by the earrings so keeping them clean was easy. She didn't seem to feel any pain from the event as well. I would definitely do it again since it was such a pleasant experience for the two of us and, honestly, it's nice that everyone knows she is a girl. As many of you know, when you have little girls with very little hair, people assume that they are boys. The earrings took care of this problem as well.

Winter - posted on 05/21/2009

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My daughter was 8 months old. I couldn't do it to my poor baby any sooner than that, but they're soooooooo cute with their pierced ears, and I might not have any more, so I had to see my sweetie! I debated for a long time as well, I either wanted to wait for her to make the decision, in case she never wanted it done, but I didn't want her to be messing with them and pull them out. She doesn't mess with them at all and she's had them for a couple of months now.

Michaela-jane - posted on 05/21/2009

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i had my daughter ears done when she 3 months she not cri or any thing have to very cute

User - posted on 05/21/2009

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hi my daughter was 5 months old i had her aers done after her last injection.when i went 2 get them done it was just b4 her feed and she cried for about a minuate and then i gave her her bottle.i had mixed views from people but she has the choice wether she wants 2 take them out and also she doesnt play with them at all because shes grown up with them shes 4 now

Sarah - posted on 05/21/2009

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My little girl was two and a half years old, but my brothers girl has just got her ears pierced, and she's only a year old. Our opinion was to wait untill she asked for it herself. But if you really would like to get it done, why not? It's your child, so you can do whatever u like...

Lisa - posted on 05/21/2009

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Wow, a lot of people responded to this one already! I had my daughter's ears pierced when she was 3 months. She didn't seem to mind wearing them when she was younger but after she turned 7 she didn't like it anymore. Now she is nine and her holes have mostly closed. I told her if they close and she changes her mind that she needs to wait until she can pay for it herself. Of course, she said she was fine with that! :)

Ashley - posted on 05/21/2009

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My oldest daughter is fixng to be 5, I had her ears pierced when she was 2 months old. Most places don't like to pierce the babies ears till they have had there 1st shots. My youngest daughter is 6 wks old, when I go get her 1st shots done, I will be taking her to get her ears pierced. Hope my advice helps you out some!( :

Javiera - posted on 05/21/2009

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I have promised my little girl to get her ears pierced when she gets her firt period, as a rite of passage...I had mine pierced when I was born and lost a lot of pretty things parents and grandparents gave me so I think a young teen can be more aware of personal responsibility than an infant or a toddler

Cathy - posted on 05/21/2009

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I think parents should wait to pierce their child's ears until the child is old enough to care for them (cleaning with alcohol, etc.) by herself. That's just my opinion, though!!

Sandy - posted on 05/21/2009

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You should be able to get her ears pierced any time now. Most ear piercing places will tell you when they will do it. Babies don't seem to notice the pain for as long and they heal up very quickly. My grand-daughter is months old and hers were done about a month ago.

Jill - posted on 05/21/2009

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My daughter was like 15 months old and she did fine. She sat on my lap and I think she didn't like me holding her arms the most. She cried for a minute then we went shopping immeadiatly after. She never played with them or anything. I am so glad I got them done, she looks so cute! It is not such a horrible thing like some mothers make it! I say do it when they are young!

Candace - posted on 05/21/2009

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I got my daughters done when she was 5 monthes old. She doesn't even bother with the earings. She doesn't try and rip them out like what I've heard other moms say about kids that were older ripped them out.

Candace - posted on 05/21/2009

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I got my daughters done when she was 5 monthes old. She doesn't even bother with the earings. She doesn't try and rip them out like what I've heard other moms say about kids that were older ripped them out.

User - posted on 05/21/2009

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You may want to give your daughter a chance to want the piercing in the first place. It can also be a nice mother/daughter experience to go together for this. Do you like that thought?

Janita - posted on 05/21/2009

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wow i feel odd..Im puerto rican, my mom had my aunt pierce my ears when i was a baby and she said i was some months. They did it with a needle over the stove, which I would not do to my daughter but 23 years ago it was different.

Liz - posted on 05/21/2009

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We got Bella done @ 3 mths old. and Ii am glad I did it before her 6 mths. She is 5 mths now and its almost impossible to clean her face without her swapping away at my hands. I cant imagine trying to get her ears done now. But to each there own, I have had friends who wait until there little one was a couple of yrs old to them done. so its really up to you and what your comfy with. Good luck =)

Rebecca - posted on 05/21/2009

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Quoting Mandie:

I waited till my daughter was 10 months but even so...she ended up having the same problem as I do with sensitivity and they had to come out...even with pure gold or silver she seems to have issues....breaks my heart she can 't wear them but what do you do?



Just a thought, I know they now have "surgical plastic" and one of my friends lil ones had the same reaction to silver and gold, but the "surgical plastic" worked wonders!! Maybe that will work for you?? Take care :)

Rebecca - posted on 05/21/2009

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Quoting Mandie:

I waited till my daughter was 10 months but even so...she ended up having the same problem as I do with sensitivity and they had to come out...even with pure gold or silver she seems to have issues....breaks my heart she can 't wear them but what do you do?



Just a thought, I know they now have "surgical plastic" and one of my friends lil ones had the same reaction to silver and gold, but the "surgical plastic" worked wonders!! Maybe that will work for you?? Take care :)

Justi - posted on 05/21/2009

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My daughter is 7 1/2 months old and I got hers done at 6 months. She cried at the piercing, but stopped almost immediately after. If you think about it, they can't be much worse than giving your child shots at 2 months old. There are no bad things being injected into them when they get their ears pierced. :-)

Mandie - posted on 05/21/2009

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I waited till my daughter was 10 months but even so...she ended up having the same problem as I do with sensitivity and they had to come out...even with pure gold or silver she seems to have issues....breaks my heart she can 't wear them but what do you do?

Rebecca - posted on 05/21/2009

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I didnt realize there was a recommended age...but where I got Madis done they did both at the same time too. Which was a nice relief I think for myself and for her...I dont think it hurts any more then immunizations. But depends on whether or not you think your child is ready. Id go with your guy!! :)

Michelle - posted on 05/21/2009

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6 months, nurse at Dr. office did it.. At least wait till recommended age..

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