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What age for ears pierced?

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Gottastopspendingmoney Sat 10-Aug-19 19:18:28

Almost 8 year old is asking more and more to get her ears pierced.

I am not going to let her yet. I say she can get them done when she is 18grin.

But just wondering what age parents have allowed them to get done.

I am thinking 10 / 11 at the very youngest but I will happily push it longer than that.

She did tell me the other day that it would have been easier if I had got them done as a baby hmm

Dowser Sat 10-Aug-19 19:19:36

8..that’s how old my granddaughter was
Followed by dyeing her hair red

PragmaticWench Sat 10-Aug-19 19:21:19

16. When they are no longer doing P.E. at school, and can give informed consent. Same as with most elective medical procedures, I don't think under 16 they can give informed consent.

CazM2012 Sat 10-Aug-19 19:22:00

My eldest had hers done at the beginning of the summer holidays. She’s 7.5, mature and has asked for quite a while despite being told they can hurt when done and she would need to take care of them. (I wasn’t allowed till I was 14, at 16 I went overboard as I could)

Survivingmy3yearold Sat 10-Aug-19 19:22:38

I was about 7/8. Will let DD4 get them done if she wants from a similar age

missmouse101 Sat 10-Aug-19 19:22:55

As soon as my daughter finished primary school she had them done, at the beginning of the summer holidays. So when she started secondary school in September, they'd healed.

Sirzy Sat 10-Aug-19 19:23:23

10/11 - start of summer holidays before senior school. At the youngest.

YahBasic Sat 10-Aug-19 19:23:31

I was 13 but think Year 7 is acceptable if they can do the aftercare alone.

dementedpixie Sat 10-Aug-19 19:23:56

I would have let dd from age 7/8 but she didn't want them done. Still doesn't and is nearly 16

formerbabe Sat 10-Aug-19 19:24:08

In theory I was really against it but I let my dd get hers done when she was 8. She has some minor sn which I know make her feel a bit different to her peers so I thought something which gave her a bit of kudos and cool factor would be helpful!

FuzzyPuffling Sat 10-Aug-19 19:24:12

My daughters were 12 (and on the condition they had to look after them entirly on their own.) I was 49.

TillyTheTiger Sat 10-Aug-19 19:25:53

I've always thought summer holidays between primary and secondary school is a good time.

jesuschristwtf Sat 10-Aug-19 19:26:15

i would say 14-16. that's when i had mine done. do i use earrings? no.

formerbabe Sat 10-Aug-19 19:27:21

Forgot to add, it was her idea and she'd been nagging for a while. I wouldn't have suggested it first.

DropZoneOne Sat 10-Aug-19 19:27:51

11 - DD had them done at start of school holidays at the end of primary. I'd originally told her 16 so she thought she'd won me over grin.

Camomila Sat 10-Aug-19 19:28:30

As soon as they'd be old enough to look after them themselves (eg put them in and out for PE, clean them with salt water at the beginning)

Would depend on sensibleness of child - anywhere from 8-11 I guess?

Ithinkmycatisevil Sat 10-Aug-19 19:29:23

I had to wait until I was 11 and I really resented my mum got not letting me have them done earlier. I let my girls have theirs down at 7 and never had any problems.

HardAsSnails Sat 10-Aug-19 19:30:25

I was 7 for first holes and 11 for second holes.

wineandcheeseplease Sat 10-Aug-19 19:31:20

16 or over

LemonTreeLemon Sat 10-Aug-19 19:32:12

It depends on the child.

The answer is when they're old enough to understand what it involves and when they're mature enough to look after them properly.

My DD was 9 and we had no issues. She did all the cleaning and turning herself.

IfOnlyOurEyesSawSouls Sat 10-Aug-19 19:32:29

@PragmaticWench you do know that children can give consent younger that 16 ?!

Beamur Sat 10-Aug-19 19:33:42

DD had hers done between Primary and High School. They haven't healed well and it's been quite stressful. I rather wish we'd left it longer!

Hadalifeonce Sat 10-Aug-19 19:34:47

I always told DD she could have hers done when she was 16, DH took her when she was 14.5, I wasn't very happy, and insisted that he/she sort out any problems she had; they did get a bit gunky at one point, and he has a bit of a weak stomach for that kind of thing!
Served him right!

Gottastopspendingmoney Sat 10-Aug-19 19:35:50

I think she understands the process a bit.

Some of her friends have obviously had the gun as she has described that to me. But if she had been a baby it would have been a needle.

BUT it would not be a gun and would be a needle in a reputable place.

I don’t think she is ready yet though. I think the thought of a needle would terrify her.

Kanga83 Sat 10-Aug-19 19:36:57

16, when no PE at school, no peer pressure and can make more of an informed choice. I still remember having mine done really young and angry that it's allowed to be done to a child.

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