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VOTE what age you consider old enough for ear piercing?

(159 Posts)
lexcat Tue 22-Jul-08 09:51:30

Sorry if this has been done to dead but most links talks about babies. I agree with most of them that it's cruel. Personally (I think) I feel if a child is older enough to understand it hurts and older enough to look after their own ear fine. I would say that was about 6-7 (depends on the child).
Just intrested in people's view as my mother and father don't like piercings at all so I grew up with a very strong view on piercings. But then started seeing 7-8 with ears pierced at dd school, then dd 7 asking for hers to be done made me really think about it. But their is still a small part of my the programming from childhood their going not till she's 16-18.

belgo Tue 22-Jul-08 09:54:57

I was 6 when I had mine done. And then a second set of holes at 13. No regrets at all. I probably wouldn't be brave enough now to get any more!

MrsSylar Tue 22-Jul-08 09:55:13

I think once they go to high school it's probably ok, though I think I would like dd to wait till she is about 13.

I had my ears pierced when I was 11 and I think it was too young

MummyDoIt Tue 22-Jul-08 09:57:16

Personally, I wouldn't agree till secondary school age. At least 11 but probably older (I had to wait till I was 14 and think that was a good age). I think piercings are quite an adult thing and don't like them on children. Plus I think there's a safety issue when children are still young enough for rough-and-tumble play.

That's for girls, by the way. I don't like piercings on boys at all, full stop. My DSs will have to wait till they've left home if they want one!

Wolfgirl Tue 22-Jul-08 09:57:55


Doodle2U Tue 22-Jul-08 09:58:16

10 or 11 - the summer holidays before high school.

Gateau Tue 22-Jul-08 09:58:43

I agree-teenage for girls.
And boys - just no.

suzywong Tue 22-Jul-08 09:59:01


Slouchy Tue 22-Jul-08 09:59:22

At least 11. At the earliest, the school hol between junior and sec school.

I hope to hold out till 13 at least though, with my dds.

nell12 Tue 22-Jul-08 09:59:55

Summer holidays between primary and secondary school... no earlier

UnquietDad Tue 22-Jul-08 10:00:27

I'd say about 21....

DaisySteiner Tue 22-Jul-08 10:00:54

21 grin

nah, only joking. 12 or 13 probably.

Mikafan Tue 22-Jul-08 10:01:21


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EffiePerine Tue 22-Jul-08 10:03:59

11-13 (would prefer the older age but at 11 they should know what they're doing)

Bramshott Tue 22-Jul-08 10:04:17

11 (or transfer to secondary school) as an absolute minimum. Ideally 13. I had to wait until 14 which I wasn't happy about at the time, but in hindsight, what with the cleaning up the pus-y holes, catching them on your clothes etc, it was probably a good idea.

Elloeise Tue 22-Jul-08 10:04:24


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TigerFeet Tue 22-Jul-08 10:04:34

Agree with summer holidays before secondary school

I was 14

Then between the ages of 18 and 21 added another three to one ear and two to the other

I don't wear earrings at all now

pinkblossom Tue 22-Jul-08 10:07:54

Definitely not before secondary school.

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