When Is It Time to Pierce Your Child’s Ears?
Getting your daughter’s ears pierced is a rite of passage for little girls in many cultures. Children enjoy showing off their ear piercings and getting new jewelry for special occasions. However, it’s up to parents to decide when they feel comfortable taking their child to a reputable piercer depending on if their little one is ready for a piercing.
Here’s a quick guide to figuring out if now’s the time for an ear piercing and what you can expect. It’s important to consider your own comfort and ideas before letting her into the piercing chair.
What to Consider Before Saying “Yes” To Ear Piercings
- Some families have a tradition of piercing their child’s ears as a baby. However, an infant’s immune system may not let them heal properly and they really don’t have any choice in the matter. If you insist on getting her ears pierced as a baby, wait until she’s older than 6 months.
- If your child is begging you to take her to a piercer, ask her what she knows about the process. Chances are she has just seen shiny earrings on her friends and doesn’t realize that it will hurt and need time to heal before she can change out her earring studs.
- Consider her energy and physical activities. Little athletes and kids who play rough can snag an earring or get infected easily. This means the earring needs to come out or a trip to the doctor is needed in a worst-case scenario. If you’re worried about future problems, try stick-on earrings or clip-ons for special occasions.
- With any doubt, wait until she’s ready to take responsibility for her piercings. Experts suggest age 10, which could also double as an anticipated birthday present for her. With a piercing as something to wait for, you both have time to find a trusted piercing professional and pick out earrings. Stainless steel studs are recommended for easier healing.
Remember That Children Change Their Mind!
As a parent, you already have a lot to take care of. Your daughter’s earring hygiene shouldn’t be a priority. If you can help it, wait until she’s ready to take care of her piercings herself so there aren’t any complications.
Your child’s dermatologist or pediatrician can advise you further on if your child is ready to be pierced. Trust a professional for help in the matter if you’re still not sure.
We’d Love To Hear From You!
At what age did you pierce your child’s ears? Tell us about your experience, what you think the perfect age to pierce a child’s ears is, and how you cared for your child’s newly pierced ears.