Percing Ears...what age?

Leslie - posted on 05/23/2009 ( 74 moms have responded )

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I had my first little girl and she is 3 months old. I was thinking about percing her ears. But what is a good age to do it at?

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Michelle - posted on 05/25/2009

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Quoting Sarah:



Quoting Sheree:

I seem to view this quite differently than alot of mums. What ever happened to waiting till they can decide for themselves? Why force it on them? Why risk an infection? Yes it is definitly personal choice! but a personal choice for her when shes older...





i totally agree with you! i've posted about this before, and i don't understand why anyone would want to pierce their baby's ears so young?!? my girls will have to wait until they are 12. doing it so young risks infection, risks the earrings falling out and baby choking, baby ripping the earrings out, other children ripping the earrings out when they're a bit older. it seems like vanity from the mothers to me. personally, i think earrings on babies looks awful, but each to their own i guess, just think about all the risks first. :)





i think younger is better because the baby wont touch the ear rings my daughter just thinks they are part of her so no /low risk of infection since she doens't touch them compared to a dirty preteen that probably will go though horrible personal body care for a while. hse's n ot going to choke on them i can barely get them off of her so no way she can.

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I seem to view this quite differently than alot of mums. What ever happened to waiting till they can decide for themselves? Why force it on them? Why risk an infection? Yes it is definitly personal choice! but a personal choice for her when shes older...

Dana - posted on 05/23/2009

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my first girl was3 months and my second is 4 months and we are getting them done soon. we had no problems...

Brittany - posted on 05/23/2009

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Have you joined the After Pregnacy: Babies and Infants community? I'm in that, and someone else just posted this question.



The answers were mostly either 2 or 3 months (someone mentioned bringing the baby's shot record) and around 10 when they can make the choice.



I'm going to go with 3 months because those mothers said that it was easier to take care of them and that they haven't had to worry with infections because the baby doesn't even realize they are there as they get older.

Sarah - posted on 05/23/2009

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my daughter was 3 months when she got hers done. she is 6 months now and have had no problems. the doctor said once she had her shots at 2 months she was ok to get them

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Emily - posted on 05/28/2009

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I had been a member for about five minutes and someone was saying something not very nice to me, and I am eight weeks pregnant and moody. Whatever. People are allowed to be irrational sometimes.

Amanda - posted on 05/28/2009

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Quoting Emily:

Well that wasn't very nice. I think I am finished with circle of mom's now.



Why should you let a comment that you don't agree with run you away?? Like I ALWAYS tell my husband you really can't tell what type of mood a person is in when they are writting on a computer or text. Words are not animated like our voices

Sarah - posted on 05/28/2009

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i honestly don't think anyone is less of a mother for getting their baby's ear pierced, and i have no problem with piercings in general at all (always wanted my lip done but too much of a wimp!!) but i personally don't like the way ear piercing looks on babies, i think they're perfect the way they are. but that's just me, and from the looks of this thread there's a lot of people who see your way!! congrats on the pregnancy! xx

Emily - posted on 05/28/2009

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That's okay. I have three beautiful kids with one on the way, and I take a lot of crap for my nose ring--I get easily offended when I think someone is criticizing me-like I'm less of a mother because of piercings.

Sarah - posted on 05/28/2009

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didn't mean to offend, just my opinion. also i can't really type in a jokey way, which was how it was intended! sorry!! :)

Sarah - posted on 05/28/2009

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Quoting Emily:

My daughter Maris had her ears done when she got her first shots. It was great. If I have another little girl I will do the exact same thing. She didn't fuss or pick at them, and by the time she was old enough to realize she had something in her ears, she was so used to them she didn't even care. And there is nothing cuter than little tiny earrings in little tiny ears!


i think there is something cuter......my beautiful daughters ears without bits of metal shoved through them!! :)

Amanda - posted on 05/28/2009

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I personally don't have a daughter :O( But I think it should be her choice whether or not she should get her ears pierced. That's just my opinion.

Emily - posted on 05/28/2009

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My daughter Maris had her ears done when she got her first shots. It was great. If I have another little girl I will do the exact same thing. She didn't fuss or pick at them, and by the time she was old enough to realize she had something in her ears, she was so used to them she didn't even care. And there is nothing cuter than little tiny earrings in little tiny ears!

Julie - posted on 05/28/2009

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My bf and I both decided that we will let her decide when and if she wants to get her ears pierced.

Allison - posted on 05/28/2009

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Well with my first I was told after their first immunization shot which is 2 months old. So thats what I did. With my seconf who is 2 months I asked her peditrician and she recommended waiting until she was 6 months! Nothing happened to my first which I pierced at 2 months.

Ashley - posted on 05/28/2009

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Both of mine were done around 2 to 3 months. They are still young enough not to mess with them and give them time to get used to it. Neither of mine had any trouble with it, plus it looks adorable!

Louise - posted on 05/28/2009

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My mum got mine done for my 4th birthday i never had a prob with them ... i waited till my daughter asked to get her's done she asked last jan ( when she was 6 for my brother's wedding in june) i waited until end of april to get them done .... she screamed for a full hour after and i wished then that i hada got them done when she was smaller ... but she's had no bother with them as in infections... only prob i have is getting nice ones that she wants in kids size ... i had to take 2 pairs into get them shortened as they jaged her when she lay down ....
It is up to each mother they will know when time is right?

Felecia - posted on 05/28/2009

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My daughter is 6 1/2 months and I personally will not get them done till much later.. Have you seen your daughter when she gets shots??? Mind you they have to hold her head still!! That alone would scare the baby!! Plus they go through the phase of pulling at ears.. Ill wait till I can say (and she listens) to STOP MESSING WITH YOUR EARS !!! lol so about 20 no but prolly around 4-5 years old!! But each to its own!! Good Luck and God Bless xo

Mina - posted on 05/27/2009

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Very interesting! Shortly after my daughter was born, my mother-in-law started asking me when do I plan to get my daughter's ears pierced. Because my family didn't really had the tradition to pierce baby's ears, so I was shock to hear that. Now my baby girl will be turning 2yr this July, seems like we've missed the easiest-caring age group (3-6 months). After reading the other replies, I came to find out that I would rather wait till when she is older to decide for herself; I got my first pierce done on my 18-yr-old birthday, and where I came from that is the year you are considered as a young adult, so that was very meaningful for me. So I'd like her to decide when she wants it done, make it something special for her in her life! :)

Kristin - posted on 05/27/2009

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The younger the better, b/c then they dont pull at them or want them out. I got my daughters done when she was 3 months old. :)

Guggie - posted on 05/27/2009

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I was going to do it myself around 8 weeks. But I listened to my daughter's cues and recognized that she is very sensitive. I have pierced a lot of ears including my own and I can tell when someone has "good" cartilage versus sensitive cartilage. Some people (such as myself) just feel a little pinch or no pain at all. Others I think feel a lot of pain.

So I am going to wait until my daughter is old enough to understand that it might hurt and to clean them herself.

Kaytee - posted on 05/27/2009

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I got mine done when I was 5 along with my sisters so we all had somthing to look forwerd to , I pland on doing that with my daughter but I got married when she was 3 and I gave her the choice and she wanted it so I did it then.

Jessica - posted on 05/27/2009

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I decided to wait until my little girl asked for them. She is 4 and we just recently got them done

Elizabeth - posted on 05/27/2009

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I just recently got my daughters ears pierced. She just turned four months old. I've had no problems so far. I just clean them and turn them like they told me to. We had a bit of trouble getting her to sit still long enough for them to do it (she kept turning her head to look at things lol), and she cried a bit. But now she's completely fine. They don't seem to be bothering her at all.

Basically there's no rule to go by. It's a personal choice. The woman who did my daughter's ears said that the youngest she had ever done was a 10 day old baby. So its totally up to you. My personal choice was to wait until she'd at least had some of her shots. I didn't want to wait too long because I've heard as they get older, they mess with them. Right now she doesn't really know she has ears yet.

Charity - posted on 05/27/2009

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I have a daughter also. She is now 16 months old, but she was only 3 months old when I took her to get her ears peirced. I think that 3 months is the youngst age ear peicing is recommended. And 6 months old is the latest at which it is recommended for babies. I personally believe it is better to peirce their ears ealier then later because as a baby gets older they are more aware of the peircing and will easly grab and pick at the ear which increases the chance of the ears becoming infected. At 3 months my little gil didn't even flinch when cleaning the back and front of the earing or turning the earing itself. As she became older I didn't have a problem changing her earings because she became acustomed to me changing and cleaning her earlings so...I geuss thats a benefit too. Best of luck...

Jennifer - posted on 05/27/2009

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We got our daughters ears done on her 1st birthday. She loves them ( she is 2 now ) but before she constantly played with them and was losing them so i had to put back on the ones she got that locked. so i wish i would have waited till she would have left them alone but she is getting better about it now.

Samantha-jacqueline - posted on 05/27/2009

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the doctor told me anytime after 3 months is fine .. 3 months is best because they're too small to notice and they forget they're there.. if you do it too late she wont stop playing with them

Erica - posted on 05/27/2009

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Its a personal choice that you need to make. Some people would say to let the child decide if they want their ears pierced when they get older. But I got my little girls ears pierced when she was a year old. I would get them younger than that if you are gonna do it. Just some advice the younger you get them done the better because the baby wont pull on the ear rings and potentially rip them out. K? Hope that helps some....

Victoria - posted on 05/27/2009

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Try to do it as early as possible if you are sure you want to get her ears pierced. I waited im not really sure why but my daughter was about 8 months old when i got hers done and because she was able to move a lot more than a three month old. she did everything short of punching the three people holding her down. my mom waited me to want to get it done and it took 7 times for me i never was able to keep them in so they always closed. Do it when they are youngest its worth it

Kelly - posted on 05/27/2009

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my daughter is almost 2 months and my husband wants to get her ears pierced-i think it is her choice, so if she wants them, then we will get them. he doesnt agree, but oh well...

Manushka - posted on 05/27/2009

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I pierced my daughter ears when she was 4 months old. It didn't even hurt her becuase they applied an ointment to numb the area and was gunshot. It is fast and all you have to do is clean it and apply an anticeptic cream for atleast 1 month.

I personally feel it is better to do it when they are not mobile and are not aware of what is happening. Or else it could be a struggle...Good Luck!

Jasmine - posted on 05/26/2009

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I agree with Shannon Ford.. I got my ears pierced when I was around 7 years only to find out I was allergic to cheap metal. It sounds odd but my piercings didn't heal properly until my mom switched to 14ct gold.

Mel - posted on 05/26/2009

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alot of people tell me early as possible like 4 months because then they dont remember and they dont pull at them. mine is 13 months and planning on doing it within the next few days, but everyone said to me your an idiot if you did it early she wouldnt play with them. i guess im just going to see how mine goes can always take them out if theres any problems. some wise people on here reminded me, give panadol before hand, get both ears done at the same time and make sure you look after them well

Melissa - posted on 05/26/2009

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I'm someone who strongly believes that it is a personal choice for the child. But if you are going to get them done when she's young.. Make sure it's not too young. :)

Amanda - posted on 05/26/2009

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I would wait until she is old enough to decide if she wants them or not. I know that they are not necessarily permanent, but it should be her choice because they are on her body, and she will be the one who has to eventually take care of them.

Lena - posted on 05/26/2009

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I got my daughters done when she was 3 months. It is sooo much easier because they don't play with them which would in turn cause infections and when they grow up they grow up with them always there so they don't play with them. I was also told that if you do it before they are 6 months, they do not have feeling in their earlobes so they will never know what hit them. The worst part would be that they don't like having to be held so they don't move...LOL..

Sandra - posted on 05/26/2009

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In my opinion, they should get thier ears pierced when they are able to take care of them, themselves. If you pierce a baby's ears, your having to take care of thier ears, making sure they're cleaned etc...

Jena - posted on 05/26/2009

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I pierced my daughters ears when she was 2 months. It was nice because she didn't mess with them and they healed nicely. She's almost 4 now and loves picking out her own earrings.

Kylie - posted on 05/26/2009

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I think i will allow my daughter to have hers done around the age of 12 (if she wants)...she's beautiful and feminine looking without earrings. I think jewelry and piercing is for big girls, not babies.

Joanna - posted on 05/26/2009

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just a fyi i used to work for clarie's so i have to take classes and stuff to be able to piercing ears. you can get them done as soon as they have had their first shots. and doing this first hand the younger the better cause they dont cry as much and they wont remember it.

User - posted on 05/26/2009

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i think little girls look beautiful with their ears pierced....i had my daughters done wen she was 18 months old and i had no problems, she only cried for a few seconds and was fine wen the lady gave her a lollipop lol!!!!i recommend claires accessories as they were brilliant and they pierce both ears at the same time which helped...good luck!!!

Jaime - posted on 05/26/2009

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My first daughter was 6 weeks old, my second was 3 months and my 3rd was 1 1/2yrs old. I think it is all about personal choice. I didn't really care if they had there ears pierced or not when they were babies, my MIL was the one that wanted to take them and have it done. I must say I am so glad they had it done young, no infection, no crying, and they all love them. My niece was 9yrs old when she got themdone, and wiggled in the chair so they are not even.

Danielle - posted on 05/26/2009

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i had my ears peirced at 6 and the skin on the back of my ear grew over the back of the stud and i had to have it removed. Have since had them redone and have had no problems since and now have three sets of holes. But will leave the decision to my duaghter if i have one.

Kylie - posted on 05/26/2009

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I feel that they should be able to make there own decision wheather or not to get their ears done. My partner wants my daughters done but i wont let him because i want them to decide and not me.

Charlotte - posted on 05/26/2009

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think it their desicision when their a lot older than a few months at least 6yrs, not gonna pierce my babies ears, seems wrong!! just my opinion. sorry if i offend ne1. got mine done when i was 12yrs.

Angie - posted on 05/25/2009

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I'd want to wait until my daughter can decide for herself!!! Not being funny, but I also think babies withn pierced ears just look wrong... That's just my opinion though... I'd first ask my daughter at about 4 years of age.

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My Mom and Dad had my ears pierced even before I got out of the hospital, so I think I was just a day old. I haven't been experiencing any problems with my pierce unlike my older sister who got hers when she was already in grade school, so I think if I'll have a baby girl, I'll have her ear pierced too while inside the nursery, that way, the place will be sterile so there will be lesser instance of infection.

Elizabeth - posted on 05/25/2009

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i had my daughters ear pierced at 10 weeks. it was easy to take car of. i also made this choice due to the fact that my mother waited and when i had to to take care of my own ears it did not work out so well. i had to get them doe three times before they would heal right. so i made the choice that i would do it when she was young so i could take care of them.

Kimi - posted on 05/25/2009

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If you want to do it now I would recomend getting it done at her next doctor's visit. Alot of pediatitions can peirce them for you if you ask and it is more safe that way in my opinion. I have had my ears peirced as a teenager in the mall and the lady that did it for me didn't know anything, I ended up going to another jewlery shop to have them look at my very red ears because they were too tight and needed losend. At least ask around and go somewhere that has been recomended by someone you know. She should be old enuf for antibiotics in case she needs them because of an infection. I don't think it's nessisary to give her pain killers for it because if should only hurt for a few seconds and if she is asleep she might not even wake up. If they hurt longer than a minute than they weren't done right and you should get them looked at.

Earrings freak me out a bit so I would never want to do it with my babies but that is a personal issue. My step daughter wanted me to put new earring in for her and I just couldn't do it because if gave me the willies. I have pierced my ears three differant times they allways close up. Maybe if my mom did mine at an early age I would be fine with it. I plan on trying to peirce mine again with my first daughter when she asks or my step daughter if she ever wants hers redone.

Tiffanie - posted on 05/25/2009

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Hi there I was 7 in a half when I got my ears peirced. It hurt a lot. I cried for a few days. The pain made me have a headache and my ears ached for awhile. When my sister got it done when she was 12 she cried also she kept getting earaches. When my brother got it done when he was 13 he said it didn't hurt but I guess it depends on how much pain you can take. I wanted to get my daughter's done when she was young but my hubby wont let me. He wants to wait until she decides she wants it done. Shes almost 5 now and I keep asking her if she wants it done and she says no so I guess I will have to wait until she is ready.

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