To think there should be a minimum age limit on ear piercing

(336 Posts)
Forthepurposesofthetape Thu 11-Apr-19 08:33:58

Was in a well known accessories shop yesterday and witnesses a mum getting her child's ears pierced. The child could have only have been about a year old and screamed the place down. She was so distressed. I really don't understand why it's necessary to do it at that age, it seems so unnecessarily cruel! angry

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Slicedpineapple Thu 11-Apr-19 08:37:32

I agree. There is no need for a young child or baby to have their ears pierced. I actually think there should be a limit of about 12 years old for this. You have to be 16 to get a lot of piercings unless your parents are consenting to it and with you, but you wouldn't take a toddler to get their belly button pierced so I don't understand why places treat ear piercing differently.

LividLaughLove Thu 11-Apr-19 08:40:14

I agree.

The argument is often “it’s cultural”. That doesn’t make it okay.

FuriousCheekyFucker Thu 11-Apr-19 08:40:47

I disagree.

I think babies with their ears pierced look lovely. Particularly if they're bald, how can you tell if they're a boy or a girl?

One stud for a boy, both ears for girls.

Sirzy Thu 11-Apr-19 08:41:59

I agree. Personally I would say no under 13s but it should be at least 10.

ScreamScreamIceCream Thu 11-Apr-19 08:42:33

@FuriousCheekyFucker but which side for a boy - left or right?

OP I presume they were using a gun. That fecking hurts there as a needle doesn't.

Scrumptiousbears Thu 11-Apr-19 08:42:47

I don't agree either. Looking cute is not an acceptable answer.


NorthernRunner Thu 11-Apr-19 08:42:54

Oh I agree I absolutely despise seeing babies with their ears pierced it’s cruel and ruins their little faces.
I reckon the child should be 10-13 so they can at least give their consent!

Reallyevilmuffin Thu 11-Apr-19 08:44:20

I 100% agree. One is causing pain and modifying the body of your child for your pleasure - they have no say in this. The only reason it isn't frowned upon is that it is cultural. You would get and instant social services referral quite rightly if you pierced any other child body part.

HappyPunky Thu 11-Apr-19 08:45:08

I agree. I think 12 at least. I had mine done younger because I was begging to but it was only because everyone else's were done.

If/when DD asks I'll take her to a proper piercing place at the start of the holidays so they're healed ready for school.

SosigDog Thu 11-Apr-19 08:45:47

YANBU. Kids should have to be old enough to consent, the same as any other body modification.

Farmerswifey12 Thu 11-Apr-19 08:46:29

I think there should be a limit but for ears I think 12 or 13 is a bit extreme. My DD was 7, she was desperate for it, understood it would be sore for a minute, and chose herself it was worth the pain. She now has a few but always her own choice

I absolutely hate seeing babies with it.

I do everything in my power to stop my babies from hurting and crying, can't understand why a parent would intentionally cause a baby pain, even if it is only a minute.

TildaTurnip Thu 11-Apr-19 08:46:57

YANBU it’s cruel. Causing pain for what the parents think enhances how their baby/child looks is abhorrent.

Pumpkintopf Thu 11-Apr-19 08:47:48

I agree, the child should be old enough to give consent- should be the same as any other piercing IMO.

IWannaSeeHowItEnds Thu 11-Apr-19 08:48:19

I disagree with piercing babies or toddler's ears, since they have no concept of what is happening and can't consent. I think it's fine once a child can understand that it will sting and still wants to have it done. I think being able to express an opinion is more important than an actual age limit, since not all children are the same. DD had hers done at 7 iirc, having asked repeatedly for a year. She totally understood what she was getting.

OoohAyyye Thu 11-Apr-19 08:49:00

FuriousCheekyFucker are you joking?

Surely if someone wants to make it clear what sex their baby is they'd just dress them in clothing that make it obvious - not get their ears pierced!

FuriousCheekyFucker Thu 11-Apr-19 08:49:43


The right ear of course!

I do draw the line at using a gun, that's a bit too much. A bow and arrow is far more environmentally friendly. Whilst playing the William Tell Overture on your bluetooth speaker.

Which leads me on to the question. Is 5 years old too old for my daughters first tattoo?

IceCreamAndCandyfloss Thu 11-Apr-19 08:50:03

I argued, it should be 16. Old enough then to accept responsibility and to know what they are doing permanently to their bodies.

Children need to be just children, they shouldn't need accessories just to please an adult.

Slicedpineapple Thu 11-Apr-19 08:50:06

OoohAyye I think they were being sarcastic

Stuckforthefourthtime Thu 11-Apr-19 08:50:08

Yanbu. And also a risk for toddlers and young kids playing and getting them torn out.
Children (a) shouldn't be put through unnecessary pain and (b) shouldn't be given accessories that limit rough and tumble play.

Talcott2007 Thu 11-Apr-19 08:50:27

Pretty sure there is a 'limit' - I half overheard a family enquiring after this for their very young daughter in what I assume to be a branch of the same well known accessory shop and the assistant and manager both said said that limit was X number of weeks after the either the 2nd or 3rd (couldn't quite hear that part) set of childhood vaccinations and that they would need to bring the child's red book as proof of the vaccinations having taken place so we are talking what 16ish weeks? So there maybe a policy about this limit but frankly I think it is way too young! This is definitely a cultural element with this but I don't personally believe that a child should have their ears pierced until they are old enough to want it/understand what will happen AND capable of managing the aftercare of the healing.

Smellslikemiddleagespirit Thu 11-Apr-19 08:51:19


I judge parents who do this harshly. They’re doing it for their own benefit, to make their baby into their little accessory.

gertrudejekyll02 Thu 11-Apr-19 08:52:52

I agree. I can't stand it when parents get their baby's/small children's ears pierced!

HowlsMovingBungalow Thu 11-Apr-19 08:52:56

The shops ( independant and high street chains) I have worked in refused to pierce any child under 7.

DoctorDread Thu 11-Apr-19 08:56:19

@FuriousCheekyFucker 😂

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