Post # 61
I highly recommend going to an actual piercing parlor. They have the most sterile equipment – Claires and other places use piercing guns which cannot be sterilized properly.
I don’t think I would get my daughter’s ears pierced while she was young, simply because I want to give them the choice.
Post # 62
I didn’t get my ears pierced until I was 18 and in college. Yup, 18. My mom was really against it growing up, as she didn’t get hers done until she was older. However, I am pretty sure my sister probably got hers done when she was in high school… but, she did get everything I got growing up at the same time I did even though we were 3 years apart.
I ended up getting them done at a cosmetics store in one of our malls. I had the worse experience, already being afraid of needles. They did each ear seperately, but the gun kept getting stuck after it went through my ear. It was awful… but, I survived. I love having them pierced and wish I would have just begged my mom when I was younger to get them done.
As for kids… I’d think 12 or 13 would be a good year to get them, if I ever have a daughter – and they wanted to get them done around that age. Earrings can be so much fun, especially for that age and what I remember seeing at places like Claire’s back in the day.
Post # 63
I had mine done the first time at JC Penney’s then promptly ran to the bathroom and threw up – I was 12. I let them close over time. The second time around, I had them done at a Merle Norman while I was in college.
I have many friends who have piercings and based on what I know now, I’d go to a professional piercer rather than a store.
Post # 64
I got my ears pierced right before I started kindergarten. I don’t really remember it, but my mom said that one day I asked and she took me to the pediatrician. I guess my dad freaked out when he saw it because he was afraid that I would start wearing massive dangly earings, but I never did, only small stud type earings and I didn’t wear hoops until high school.
My sister was in college because she was a swimmer and she would have had to take them out anyway.
Post # 65
I got mine done at a little place in the mall when I was a kid. I don’t really remember it. I just remember that they closed up and I have to get them redone (again, in the mall). Then when I was a teenager I got my 2nd holes done…again at the mall. Never had any problems with infections or scarring or anything like that.
When I was 16 my mom allowed me to get an industrial. I got that done at an actual piercing place (not a Claire’s type place) because they have to use a hollow needle and whatnot. I actually developed a keloid on my ear from that. A year or 2 later I had to have surgery and take it out and couldn’t get it back in. Then in college I got it done again. Took it out about 4 years later because I started my career and it was very professional looking. I also found that my cartilage never seemed to fully heal.
I’m honestly not sure if I’d pierce my baby’s ears. I think I’d wait until I can ask her if she wants them.
Post # 66
My Mom got a coupon from my grandma for me to get my ears pierced at Claire’s when I was around 2. She waited to do it until I was old enough to ask for it. I ended up asking around 3 and a 1/2. Never got infected which is what my dad was worried about.
Post # 68
I got mine pierced when I was 10 or so, at the Drs office with a piercing gun (eww). I’ll take my kids to a professional piercer (at a tattoo shop) if they want theirs pierced.
Post # 69
I am going to let my kids decide when/if they want thier ears pierced. I asked my mom when I was in kindergarden or first grade, and we went to Claire’s to get them done. Then when I was 16 I went and got second holes, and when I was 18 I went piercing crazy. I got 5 holes in each ear (since then I have taken some of them out).
I went to tattoo parlors to get one cartilage and my tragus done…and I did the other cartilage ones myself. Luckily I have never had any problems with any of them hurting, I do have a super high pain tolerance though.
Post # 70
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My mom took me when i was about 6 months (i think the earliest you could do it). I don’t rememember it at all. I was very glas that she did. I’ve always been a baby about pain and might not have ever gotten them done otherwise (even though i would have wanted them done). I didn’t always wear earrings as a kid and the holes never closed up. I’ve worn them non-stop since I was probably about 12 now though. Usually just simple studs.
I don’t plan on having any kids, but if I did have a girl i would get hers done at a young age just like I did.
All my adult friends who didn’t have theirs done at a young age got them done later anyways. Some that had them done later, can’t get them to stay “open” and seem to always have issues with them. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who wishes they hadn’t gotten theirs pierced.
Post # 71
I have 12 piercings in my ears. My first was when I was seven years old and done in a mall. Second and third set of piercings were done at a doctors office, many done at Claire’s through my teen years and most recently I had my tragus pierced at a Tattoo Palor. I don’t think there is anything wrong in having an infants ears pierced, however I appreciated making the decision myself at the age of seven. It seemed like a big deal and I am glad that my mother gave my the option. Having control over my own body and my own decisions meant a lot as a child.
Post # 72
I have one hole in each ear. I had it done at the doctor’s office when I was about 13. I believe children should be old enough and mature enough to decide for themselves and take care of them properly. I know it can be cultural, but I dislike seeing earrings on babies and toddlers.
Post # 73
I had mine done at claire’s, with the gun. I’ve had other piercings done later at a proper piercing salon. I never had any issues with the former, but I feel like a real piercing place will be way better about cleanliness and expertise.
I can’t stand seeing babies / toddlers with earrings. I feel like it looks as bad as beauty show kids dolled up w/ tons of makeup on. I just think it looks dumb. I also feel sad about the unnecessary pain they have to go through when they don’t even understand why it’s happening.
Post # 74
My mom wouldn’t let me pierce my ears as a teenager. When I grew up, I no longer wanted pierced ears.
The dad of one of my friends is an ear, nose, throat physician, so he pierced his daughter’s ears. I thought that was cool.
Post # 75
I do not know about other countries but in Slovakia, where I live, baby girls have their ears pierced within few days after birth…my daughter’s ears were pierced when she was one week old and it was done by pediatrician’s nurse at our house