5 Tips for Piercing Your Child's Ears Without the Drama

getting ears piercedI still remember when I got my ears pierced. I was 7, and I cried like an over-sized baby. It was such a disaster that I very nearly walked around with just one ear pierced for the rest of my life. Needless to say, this was the memory dancing around my head when we took our 8-year-old daughter to the pediatrician recently to get her ears pierced.

I shouldn't have been worried. My daughter's ear piercing elicited a few tears, but by and large, it was drama-free ... the very opposite of my first time (yes, I recovered and went back at 16 for another set of holes).

So how did we do it? How did we manage to make this major milestone a happy moment instead of the sobfest it could be?

Careful planning! I'd like to say it was all just pure dumb luck that kept her from throwing a fit, but nope ... my husband and I put a lot into making sure big moment went smoothly.

But hey, it paid off! We're more than a week in, and she's still over the moon that we let her get her ears pierced, and they're looking healthy.

Have you let your child get her ears pierced yet? What are your tips to make it go smoothly?


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Kimbyann Kimbyann

Wys everything you do a slideshow?

nonmember avatar FarmersWife

Now either start doing sea salt water rinses or go get some H2Ocean from the local tattoo shop. And do NOT turn the earrings. Your introducing infection and surgical steel will not fasten to the skin. A new piercing should be completely hands off with sea salt rinses. Sorry but your Dr is not an expert on piercing care, only on problems after they arise!

Evaly... EvalynCarnate

We just had my daughter's ears pierced as well. She did fine, but I thought that it was essential to tell her that it WOULD hurt a little. You're shoving a metal bar through your skin, so dont allow your kid to think it will be a breeze. I think this helped my daughter with her expectations. I do agree with letting them REALLY want it. By the time my husband and I caved my daughter was practically asking on a daily basis. Also, we chose titanium studs. Apparently these help lessen the likelyhood of infection..

Halfa... Halfadozmom

You forgot the most helpful, 5 minutes before piecing, apply oragel.... You know the sore tooth numbing stuff, too the earlobes...... Numb earlobes = no tears

MrsRo... MrsRoberts413

Definitely wait til your child is old enough to handle the responsibility of the cleaning-and making them beg for it doesn't hurt, either!  And be choosy about what earrings they get afterwards.  My ears got infected from cheapo earrings that an aunt gave me, and I was slack on the cleaning on top of that, so I had to let them close up and get them redone later.  I became the cautionary tale for all of my cousins' girls who begged to have them done as they have grown up, and I am glad to have become so-it's amazing how much more seriously some kids take advice when it's NOT just their parent giving it to them, lol.

Stell... StellarsMommy

Our daughter is 3 now and we decided to get her ears pierced when she was 2. Mostly because she won't remember it years down the road, but also because at 2 their attention span is SUPER short. She never cried, only flinched. Then began running around immediately afterwards as if nothing had happened. Best piercing experience ever.

LadyM... LadyMinni

Farmer's Wife, you are mistaken. I got mine done (the second time) at a professional piercing parlor. Yes, an actual professional did it. She said to turn them every day, actually twice a day because of problems I had the first time. Saltwater rinses are okay, if you don't mind that they don't work as well for those prone to infection -like children. And me.

I had to have mine taken out again, because I had a severe allergic reaction to the 24k gold because I accidentally picked the wrong ones. 24k isn't hypoallergenic and, like the first time when we did silver, I got an infection from the allergic reaction. Happens all the time. Next time I get them done I'm getting surgical steel like my best friend uses, and that's what my kids will get if they want piercings.

A good little trick is to put Oragel on the earlobes, about 10 minutes beforehand. It numbs the ears a bit.

Craft... CraftyJenna

For god's sake, go to a professional piercer. In a piercing/ tattoo shop. A pediatrition is NOT a piercer and they very well might mess it up. at least it would be clean, which is a hell of a lot more than the nasty mall, but still, that is not what they are there for. Also, all you need to clean a fresh piercing is non unscented dye free soap, not any "piercing aftercare" product, at best, you get something useless, at worst, something that is 90% rubbing alcohol which is terrible for a fresh piercing. 

kendyd kendyd

I waited until my daughter asked me to get her's done which, was at 4yrs old. She does not do pain so I thought it would be a disaster but to my suprise she shed not one tear but a few yrs later they gre up and I took her to have them redone and omg she cried so hard because the dummy didn't know what she was doing and went to slow which cause the earing to hang up in the gun.

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