Originally Posted by Abraisme
I agree with this.
I also had my ears pierced as an infant (2 weeks old) and feel perfectly fine about the decision. I figure that nearly EVERY woman wants their ears pierced in the end and it doesn't really matter much what age it happens. I would probably take my DD to get her ears pierced at 3.5 if she asked. One of the PP said that she thinks 3.5 is too young to make body altering decisions, but 7 is okay? I honestly don't think age matters that much.
At 7, my daughter was old enough to take responsibility for cleaning it regularly and alerting me to any discharge or infection. My ex-MIL does piercings professionally and would never do them under age 7. There is a huge difference in maturity and responsibility from ages 3-7.
And it does matter what age. Why would you inflict unnecessary pain for something cosmetic on someone unable to decide for themselves? I know tons of women who dislike their ear piercings done to them as infants and children. It is a permanent hole in the body and a lot of people end up with infections or reactions to the metal. Just so it "looks pretty". If the kid asks for it and is mature enough to understand the procedure, risks, and responsibility in it, then that is one thing. But stabbing a hole through someone who is not capable of that decision is another.
OP-can you have her go watch piercings in person? The guns are by far the least desirable method of piercing, but you can see them often at the mall. My oldest decided to wait for quite awhile after watching one at the mall. We lived too far from her grandma to watch her in the shop do them professionally (at the time).