(Closed) When/where did you get your ears pierced? How about your kids?

posted 5 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I have total of 6 ear lobe holes. My first 2 I  got as a child at age 12. Then I got another one on the left ear,  but my mom was pissed at me,  so i stopped getting holes until my 20s. Then I pierced an upper portion of the ear- cartilage.  I don’t recommend to do that because it took me 2 years to heal that one, plus most people develop an ugly bulbous scar on the back of the ear. I got lucky – no scar.  The remaining 3 lobe holes i pierced myself with a thick sewing needle.  Very easy and free! 

Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2019 - Paris, France

I got my daughters pierced at the doctor when she was months old 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Forgot to answer your question.  I think its fine to get ears pierced as a child, i don’t judge other parents at all.  But when I become a parent, I’ll let my child decide when she wants the piercings done,  because they do hurt a lot, and it’s difficult for a young baby to understand why her ears hurt so much. Plus baby won’t sleep well for a while,  who needs that shit to deal with. …

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2019 - Paris, France

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Willow90:  YEP! pediatricians do it all the time. I did it before she could pull at them… I will admit, I cried though lol 

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper

My parents didn’t let me until I was 16, and then I went with my mom to a local jeweler’s to get it done. And now, honestly, I wish I never did (just for aesthetic reasons… I want naked, untouched earlobes!). I’d try letting the holes close, but I’m worried that it’d still look weird, so I just wear small studs.

I don’t judge parents who pierce their young children’s ears, but based on my own experience, I’ll probably do what my parents did. I like the idea of leaving it up to my daughter to decide when she’s old enough to make an informed choice.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I must have been between 5-7. I remember going and being excited and picking out my first studs. I’ve always found it uncomfortable sleeping on freshly pierced ears, so I wouldn’t do that to my baby or toddler. Whenever she brings it up I’ll take her.

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

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Willow90:  I got mine done at Claire’s when I was 7. At that point I was begging my mom to let me get them pierced! I went to an actual piercing shop for my belly button but as you said, ears are hard to mess up.

I don’t judge other parents who pierce their children’s ears but I’ll probably wait for my (future) children to decide if they want them pierced.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

I’d steer clear of Claire’s personally. Piercing guns should be banned full stop. Slamming a blunt earring through your flesh causes unnecessary trauma, not to mention they are unsanitary and impossible to sterilise.

I had my ears pierced as a baby. I would definitely have my daughters’ ears pierced should I ever have any daughters, though it would be by a doctor or specialist and it would be done by an aseptic technique with a needle. 

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

One of my earliest memories was getting my ears pierced. I think I was about 3. I still have my first pair of earrings, they are tiny amethyst (my birthstone) studs in yellow gold.

Post # 12
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Busy bee

Pleaaassee consider getting them done at a good tattoo shop with a new, clean needle! The piercing guns that a lot of places use can’t be cleaned, so unless they are brand new each time….yuck. Also, the way they do it at claires is to shove a blunt object at great force through the ear, which can lead to damage (more likely if you get cartilage done, but still possible with lobe piercings). 

If you can’t tell, I’m pretty against piercing guns. I’ve gotten my lobes done twice (separate holes) a cartilage, an industrial, and an eyebrow piercing done and I don’t think Id ever trust my body to anyone but my certified, vetted piercer. The one time i tried getting my second holes done at claires, they got infected. Plus, if I ever have a problem or need help changing something out, my guy is always willing to see me and help me out at no charge. They know what rejection and migration and infection and hypertrophic scarring and keloids and normal discharge look like. 

I took a friend who wanted a piercing to a shop once and her mom flipped that I was taking her to such a ‘scary’ place but really it had a 5 star rating for cleanliness and professionalism. It may not be your thing, but please please consider it. 

http://www.safepiercing.org/piercing/faq/#guns

^what the association of professional piercers sat about guns 

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I let my daughters decide when they wanted to get their ears done. My older daughter was 7, my younger daughter was 3. Unfortunately I got them done at the mall because I didn’t have other options: I would have liked to get them done by professional piercer at a real shop, but after calling around I found that no one would pierce a child under 15- even just ears. Which is a shame. But i was not going to make them wait to turn 15 to get their ears pierced- that seemed silly. Neither of them had any problems.

Post # 14
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Busy Beekeeper

Piercing Pagoda – is that a chain? No idea.  One of those little kiosks in the center of the mall.  I was 13, which was mom’s rule. I wanted them well before that, but she was probably right.  They got infected more often than I’d like.  My sis didn’t want them at all at that age and was in her 30s before they were pierced, I think.  So another good reason to wait and let the kids decide for themselves.  I only ever got one piercing and hardly ever wear earrings now – comes with the territory at work.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

My godmother took me just before I turned 12. It was nice, kind of a right of passage. She took me to Caryl Baker and bought these beautiful studs. I’ll probably leave it till later if I have a daughter as well. My SIL got her daughter’s ears pierced when she was a few months old, though. I have no problem with it. I pierced my tragus when I was around 14-15, but it grew out, so I have a little notch in it now.

I went with my friend when she was about 20-21 to have her ears re-pierced, after the holes closed up when she was a kid. She has a low pain threshold so they did both at the same time, and she nearly broke my hands from squeezing them! 

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