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Originally Posted by Llyra View Post
It's not just the pain of piercing, though. There's plenty of soreness afterwards. I have had my ears pierced 7 times, and my navel done too, and always there was soreness for days or even weeks afterwards.
I've had multiple piercings (including facial) and have never felt soreness after a day or two. Soreness for weeks seems abnormal. (Of course, I also had a eyebrow ring ripped completely out and was only in pain for a few hours, slightly sore about a day after the initial pain went away).


I have decided to let DD get her ears pierced tomorrow. It is an early birthday gift (she turns 7 next month).
post #102 of 104
Even the disposable "guns" are awful! As sharp as those piercing earrings may seem, they aren't nearly as sharp as a needle and it's a relatively blunt object forcing it's way through skin. A sharp needle at the hand of a professional body piercer is quicker and hurts WAY less. Also, butterfly back studs are awful for fresh piercings too. Piercing shops have little jeweled bars that look just like studs but are the appropriate length/shape. They also have CBRs, little hoops that can't come undone.

People say if you don't like ear piercings you can just take them out, but that's not true. If you have your ears pierced as an infant and decide at 12 you don't want earrings, those holes are there forever, and they ARE noticeable! Both my sister and my best friend absolutely hate earrings, and are so happy they weren't allowed to get it done when they were little and went on about the "prettiness" of sparkly ears.

Anyhow, the earliest my children will be allowed to get it done is 12, depending on the consent laws for piercing/tattoo shops wherever I live. I know my shop currently allows parents to sign for lobe piercings after the child is 12. I myself have a small handful of (professionally) done piercings and tattoos, so I plan to raise my children to be safe and responsible with body modifications.

As for other piercings, I'd let my child get pretty much any non-sexual piercing once they're 16. My parents signed for my bellybutton and tragus. I'd also consider a tattoo, if it was well thought out and my child was mature enough. I got a small foot tattoo for my 17th birthday and it was beyond exciting!
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Originally Posted by KaylaBeanie View Post
People say if you don't like ear piercings you can just take them out, but that's not true. If you have your ears pierced as an infant and decide at 12 you don't want earrings, those holes are there forever, and they ARE noticeable! Both my sister and my best friend absolutely hate earrings, and are so happy they weren't allowed to get it done when they were little and went on about the "prettiness" of sparkly ears.
My daughter got her ears pierced at 2 years old, now at almost 7 if she has them out for more than an hour I have to force the earring through, at 5 she lost one ear ring and didn't tell me, so it had been out overnight, we actually had to go get her ear re-pierced the next day...they grow completely closed that fast.

Like I said earlier, my ears didn't grow closed after I got them done before my wedding, but they are just holes, you can't really see them unless you look for them. But even if you did, it doesn't look bad or anything.
post #104 of 104
I am in the "when they ask" and not forget two seconds later camp, but also had an internal clock of about 9 yo (which is when i got my ears pierced). So, my son asked for about a year before I consented and took him to the piercer when he was 8. It was a week before he was starting at a new school, so also kind of an acknowledgement of an upcoming change in his life/rite of passage. I wouldn't say he is absolutely diligent about his ear, but he hasn't had any major issues with infection. He takes it in and out and cleans it himself. If he has it out for a few weeks, i sometimes help him in putting it back in.

My other kids have not expressed any interest in being pierced. I am not a proponant of infant/toddler piercing, for many of the reasons outlined. But also because infant ears grow at a rapid rate and piercings done on an infant often are not properly placed and as the ears grow become lop-sided and/or not centered properly (unless the person doing the piercing really knows what they are doing). It just isn't worth it to me I guess.

ETA: I also wanted to say that that I have been pierced with a gun (my ears) and with a needle (actually sharpened gold nose ring) and the piercing in my nose was much less painful and healed faster. I will never go back to a gun. going to a piercer, while more expensive, is totally worth it to me.
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