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ear piercing.. what age?

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ditsydoll Thu 14-Nov-13 13:34:26

Just wondering what age you would deem suitable for your dds to have their ears pierced?

steff13 Sun 17-Nov-13 01:31:55

My dad made me wait until I was 15, and even then he maintained that only floozies get their ears pierced. hmm

My daughter is three, we will probably let her get hers done once she's old enough to care for them, provided she wants them.

olgaga Sun 17-Nov-13 00:04:29

Try again!

olgaga Sat 16-Nov-13 23:42:54

Sorry for the double post, and lack of link - just can'work it out on my phone!

VerySmallSqueak Sat 16-Nov-13 23:42:10

We went with 9.

olgaga Sat 16-Nov-13 23:40:31

Guns v needles; useful explanation here...

olgaga Sat 16-Nov-13 23:40:31

Guns v needles; useful explanation here...

Annunziata Fri 15-Nov-13 21:08:42

My baby's birth mother pierced hers and I don't want to take them out. She wears hairbands too, but that's down to me and her sisters smile

My older DDs were about 6 I think. I can't really remember.

MalcolmTuckersMistress Fri 15-Nov-13 21:02:17

My mum got hers done at 40 and my grandad told her off saying she was too young!

mitchsta Fri 15-Nov-13 21:00:54

For me it was third time lucky after chickening out and running out of the shop twice 15. For my kids it would be after primary school. Friend let her DD get hers done age 6 and she hated them and took them out within a couple of weeks. Couldn't be arsed with them at all.

Heartbrokenmum73 Fri 15-Nov-13 20:54:11

I don't think it's common (because I'm common as muck - nowt wrong with that grin) and I won't use the word chavvy either.

But I think it's wrong and I will judge the parents of small children and babies whose ears are pierced (regardless of all these amazingly rational toddlers hmm) the same way I judge toddlers in heeled shoes, babies being given hard-boiled lollipops and babies in fucking headbands.

I repeat what I said earlier - babies/toddlers/children even are not fashion accessories or dolls. They are cute and gorgeous enough, without needing their bodies modifying to give some stupid adults the 'awww' reaction.

It's not cute or pretty - it's quite sick-making.

teenagetantrums Fri 15-Nov-13 19:51:48

My DD i told her she could at 12, but she was scared and waited until 15.

Ohwhatfuckeryisthis Fri 15-Nov-13 19:50:34

Ok Theo. I will. I do think it's not only common but unnecessary. Wait till old enough to make informed choice and to look after themselves.

DownstairsMixUp Fri 15-Nov-13 19:04:34

It's not just about the hygeine with guns anymore, as someone said above it's about the actual way it pieces in itself. When I was 13 they were piercing noses and tops of ears with them guns in lots of places. I would never let a gun near me if i want a piercing ever again!

tb Fri 15-Nov-13 18:21:25

DD had hers pierced when she was 11 or 12. I had mine done at 16 - I had to wear uniform at school until the 6th form, and ear-studs weren't allowed until you didn't wear uniform any more.

Hulababy Fri 15-Nov-13 17:43:38

Earrings in the lobes are not necessarily permanent body modifications though Tiggy.

bellybuttonfairy Fri 15-Nov-13 11:24:35

Im not bothered if people want to have their childrens ears pierced as the babys head is being delivered. I wanted dd's to wait until they were older so they can make their own informed decision. I think secondary school would be a good time. However dd1 has pleaded nearly every day since she could speak for her bloody ears to be done (i never wear earring) and nobody in class has them either. Now dh has told her that she can have them done next month for her 7th birthday.

I didnt know about the argument between a gun and needle. Maybe if i tell her that it will be a hole bored out with a needle one ear at a time - it will put her off.

Kyrptonite Fri 15-Nov-13 10:08:04

I wouldn't know. I'm not chavvy enough to watch JK grin

TiggyD Fri 15-Nov-13 09:57:25

Permanent body modification should be for adults only.

Mushypeasandchipstogo Fri 15-Nov-13 09:54:41

Anybody else noticed that all the DNA tested babies on JK have pierced ears? Oh they look soooooo cute. confused

LtEveDallas Fri 15-Nov-13 09:31:45

I re-pierced my belly button myself with a hollow needle and plenty of Smirnoff on board - but I don't recommend it grin

AbsduCroissant Fri 15-Nov-13 09:28:01

I think they should be.

I'm wondering how my re-piercing was done. I went to a piercing parlour (not claires or someone), and she repierced using an earring, so I don't know if that is the gun or needle or what was going on. She also advised - saline solution only, no turning.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Fri 15-Nov-13 09:25:35

I took DD to Claires and they didn't offer me gin

Daily Mail sad face

LtEveDallas when I had mine done at 14 (and I'm 47 now) I was told sleepers weren't recommended way back then because they could tear the ear/ I would have preferred sleepers myself.

TobyLerone Fri 15-Nov-13 09:19:43

Piercings would be much more fun if they were done with gin.

LtEveDallas Fri 15-Nov-13 09:16:15

Ok, piercings AREN'T done with gin.. and bloody hell, I can spell 'earring' and 'jewellery' smile

LtEveDallas Fri 15-Nov-13 09:13:51

Forcing a blunt earring through the lobe at high pressure/speed is more damaging than using a very sharp hollow needle. Guns also have a set 'size' so you may find the earing is on too tight or too loose.

The hollow needle is a hollow piercing tube. The needle, rather than just ramming through the skin to make a puncture wound, makes a cut in the skin. The hole created houses piercing jewelry properly and heals faster with fewer problems, including a much lower risk of keloid scarring.

Most professional body piercers want the guns banned, especially as (using Claires as an example), less than 2 weeks "training" is required.

Also, the reason that you have to turn earrings that have been done with a gin is because the tissue has been 'torn' or 'traumatised' and so it tries to heal over. I don't trust little kids to wash their hands before turning them. A good needle piercing doesn't need touching at all.

When DD has hers done it will be by a professional, and she will have sleepers for 6 weeks rather than studs (with bacteria ridden butterfly backs).

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