(Closed) Spin off baby pierced ears–how about you?

posted 5 years ago in Babies
  • poll: did you get your ears pierced as a baby?
    yes, and i'm glad I did : (75 votes)
    29 %
    yes, and I wish my parents hadn't done that : (9 votes)
    4 %
    no, and i wish my parents had done it : (37 votes)
    14 %
    no, and i thank my parents for not doing it : (135 votes)
    53 %
  • Post # 3
    9139 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    I am glad my mom did it when I was an infant because those holes healed the best and I don’t remember any pain or discomfort.  Even now after not wearing earrings regularly for over 5 years, I can thread an earring through my original piercings with no problems.

    I have had subsequent ear piercings for second holes (twice) and an upper ear cartilage piercing and none of them healed properly even though I kept them clean.  They kept getting infected every few weeks.  They would swell up and weep plus they were painful to the touch.  So I would take out the earrings to make them stop hurting and they grew back over.  One side still swells and gets pussy on occasion even though it has long since healed.

    Post # 4
    404 posts
    Helper bee

    I’m a “No, and I thank my parents for not doing it” but mostly because I remember being so very excited to get them done! And I enjoyed picking which earings I would get them pierced with etc. It felt like such a big deal and such a grown up thing to be going and getting done, I’m glad I didn’t miss out on that.

    ETA: Mine didn’t get infected or anything, I’ve never had problems with them.

    Post # 5
    1654 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    I’m very glad my parents pierced my ears as a child 🙂

    Post # 7
    5189 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    @bebero:  “trend” is the key word here. I was born in the 80’s and back then the trend (not saying this was the case for everyone, but what was common) was pierced ears for baby girls, circumcision for baby boys, formula (or only breastfeeding very short term) and vaccinations for everyone, no questions asked. 

    Now it seems the tables have turned a bit. I don’t know why, but all those things have become questionable to more and more parents these days.

    Post # 8
    4495 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @beachbride1216:  +1.

    The ear piercings I got as a baby healed the best and I’ve had the least problems with them. I got subsequent piercings in my ears later on (When I was 14ish) and I’ve always had issues with those.


    Post # 9
    7276 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I begged and begged to get my ears pierced and I finally got them pierced at 7. I don’t remember any pain at all (and haven’t ever had trouble with any other ear piercings). I guess I wish they had pierced them earlier just because I wanted pierced ears for as long as I can remember but it has nothing to do with the pain or healing process.

    Post # 10
    7276 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @Honeyblood:  +1 good points! It was very exciting getting it done. 


    Post # 11
    1006 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I got mine pierced at 14 or 15 and I remember always wanting them to be done earlier.  I’m not sure if I’m glad or not.. mine always get swollen and painful even though I stopped wearing earrings four years ago.  Maybe they would have healed better when I was a baby, maybe I’m just sensitive to foreign objects.  My SO doesn’t like earrings but I kinda miss wearing them.  Maybe I’ll give it a second try with hypoallergenic earrings.  

    Post # 12
    1090 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I had mine pierced as a baby and I am grateful for it. My sister pierced my neices’ ears when they were younger, and I plan on doing the same if I have daughers.

    Post # 13
    3552 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I got mine pierced around 2nd grade, and I’m glad my parents waited because it turns out I’ve got really severe metal allergies which is not something I would have been able to communicate as a baby. I almost wish I would have waited longer because of what happened to my mom. She was bullied by a boy in middle or high school who thought it would be great to rip her hoop earrings out of her ears. It left some pretty good scars on her ears and she had trouble getting them re-pierced. I think earrings can make a shiny tempting target to bullies. I would not want my child to go through what my mom did just because baby earrings are ‘cute’.

    Post # 14
    680 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I’m glad my mom had my ears pierced as a baby.  However, my only problem with it is that one of holes is slightly a little higher than the other.  Barely noticeable normally, but if I try to wear a hooplike earring, you can tell because of the way the earring turns.  Also, can’t really wear studs as it shows the slight difference as well.  Booo.  Oh well.  

    Post # 15
    2647 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California

    I got them done on my 9th birthday because wanted to!  I thank my parents for not doing so earlier because my ears got severely infected & it turns out I’m allergic to certain types of metals. 

    I also remember getting them done & aside from a slight pinch, I was fine.  I didn’t cry, I didn’t think it was excrutiating, none of that!

    Each to their own though..

    Post # 16
    4803 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    No, and I’m glad my parents didn’t. As a younger kid I was admantly against the idea of pierced ears, I didn’t like them and would’ve been ticked if it had been done when I was a baby without it being my decision. I did eventually decide I wanted it done when I was older, and my parents got my earrings and gave me permission to get it done for my 12th birthday, it was very exciting!


    And I keep seeing people in this and the original thread saying they wish they hadn’t gotten it done when they were older because it got infected…that confuses me, the age you got pierced at and whether or not it got infected don’t have anything to with each other, right? Maybe I’m missing something, but I don’t see why there would be any correlation there.

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