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My son is 7, soon to be 8, and has been asking to get his ears pierced for the last 2 years. We told him then he had to wait until he was older and he obviously really wants to. I am mostly worried that he may regret it as he gets older. My daughter is 2 years his junior and is also asking to get her ears pierced and she was also told to wait but if one won’t be allowed to, neither will without good reason. Any advice for kids getting piercings and ages will be appreciated.

Posted by mom57741, 28th April 2015

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  • If you want your daughter to play a sport it is good to get her ears pierced early

  • My 15 year old son just asked the other week as one of his mates pieced his ears himself and I said to him wait till you are at least 18 so that you can make the best decision when older. My daughter had hers when she was about 8 and depending on your values I don’t think a boy should have it until he is an adult. Biased I know , but that is how we were brought up . Good luck

  • It’s unusual for a boy to want it done, but if he’s been asking for this long, he must want it done. I think 10 is a good age, for boy or girl.

  • Check the school rules first.
    Our home rule was anything that is not temporary…. piercings ..hair colour…. stick on tattoos.

  • Our daughter had her ears pierced at 6 months old. Not sure about boys at school with pierced ears, most have regulations, you’d best check.

  • Maybe I’m old fashioned but then again I don’t see many (if any) boys with earrings? Teenage boys (around 16yrs) yes but not little boys. My husband has a mark on his ear where he had an earring (it was the 90s fashion) so even though it closes over the mark is always there. As for girls my neices were under 1yr, 5yrs and 10yrs (3 different families). Whatever you are comfortable and happy to stand by.

  • Double digits is a good idea as they have matured and can look after their own ears and the piercings. It is important that they be responsible for good hygiene with their ears.

  • My daughter wants her ears done for her 5th birthday, so i will be intrested to see what people say in response to this question.I have told her it will hurt when she gets it done, but a heap of her kindy friends have already had theirs done. I look at this way if she doesnt likw it once its done she can just take them out.

  • If your daughter is ready and you have no reasons to say no then I would do it. I personally would never let me son get his pierced but this is your choice and if he wants it then again unless you can give him a good reason not to then let him. They can always take them out if they change their minds.,

  • My dad gave us an age (14) and it was a flat no till then. I then waited till 15. Maybe a high school thing? Wait till at least then? Your son may be influenced by his current friends.
    I wished I had done them before my first job because I wasn’t allowed waring ad a good regulation… So had to wear bandaids over them

  • Once the girls started asking, we got them done. As for boys, I agree with the other advice in checking school regulations etc as many won’t allow it (as silly as that seems in todays world). If there are no issues then go for it. Earring holes are not massive so if he decides later he is no longer wanting them, they can be taken out and the holes not overly noticeable. Also depends and what you are comfortable with

  • The easy one if your daughter. If she is asking and you think she is ready then go for it. My daughter started asking when she was 3 so on her 4th birthday we went and got them pierced. Girls love being able to change earrings and for me it is no big deal. As for your son it would depend on if there are school rules re: this. As biased as it may seem, some schools will not allow boys to get there ears pierced. If no rules then if you think he is ready go for it. If he does change his mind later in life it’s easy to take the earring out. it’s not like a tattoo that once it’s done it’s hard to remove

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