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Old 01-31-2018, 12:35 PM
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I have a newborn granddaughter whose mother is from Puerto Rico. She says that in PR, girl babies ears are pierced in the hospital. Here in the states, if they decide to do it (my son is on the fence about it) nobody will do it to a small baby, not even the pediatrician.
I’m old fashioned and I don’t like the idea. I think that girls should be able to decide for themselves later.
I practiced the art of keeping my opinion to myself, since the kids didnt ask me.
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Old 02-01-2018, 02:06 PM
 
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I have a newborn granddaughter whose mother is from Puerto Rico. She says that in PR, girl babies ears are pierced in the hospital. Here in the states, if they decide to do it (my son is on the fence about it) nobody will do it to a small baby, not even the pediatrician.
Iím old fashioned and I donít like the idea. I think that girls should be able to decide for themselves later.
I practiced the art of keeping my opinion to myself, since the kids didnt ask me.
I really doubt that no one will do it. My daughter had hers pierced at 3 months of age and guess what...she can't imagine ever not having her ears pierced. (She's in her 20s now.) If a child really decided later they don't like it....they can just not wear earrings.

Not sure what you say it's old fashioned to not have it done....as it's been done for centuries. You just don't like it.
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Old 02-01-2018, 04:59 PM
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Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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I really doubt that no one will do it. My daughter had hers pierced at 3 months of age and guess what...she can't imagine ever not having her ears pierced. (She's in her 20s now.) If a child really decided later they don't like it....they can just not wear earrings.

Not sure what you say it's old fashioned to not have it done....as it's been done for centuries. You just don't like it.
By old fashioned I mean that in my upbringing, pierced ears were strictly ethnic, and nobody in my circle had pierced ears. I did my own in my 20s as a rebellion thing.
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Old 02-01-2018, 05:21 PM
 
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I'm another who has two sets of holes in the earlobes. First were done when I was a kid, like probably in the 6-8 years old range? I don't remember my age, but I remember the experience very clearly. It hurt horribly. Scared me a lot, because the gun makes a noise and it's very sudden. So it startled me. And the piercings are slightly asymmetrical, or off kilter, one is a bit higher, one a bit lower. Also, they got badly infected afterwards, despite my Mom diligently cleaning them as we were instructed.

So nearly everything that could have gone wrong, did. That was at a mall kiosk.

As a young adult, I decided to get a second set of piercings, the standard right above the first set in the lobes. I went to a pro piercer in a tattoo shop. It probably cost a little more. I was scared, because I'm phobic about needles. But to my great surprise, it actually didn't hurt! It was altogether a nice experience. The holes are positioned right, and they healed clean.

I would never take a child of mine to the mall, or a jeweler, or Claire's or any of that nonsense with those guns. Nope. If the law prevented me from taking them in the door of a tattoo shop, I'd contact piercers and ask if we could arrange to meet somewhere else. I'd get a pro to do it, or no one. Jewelers and mall employees aren't pros at this. Not really.
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Old Today, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Watervliet, NY
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I would never take a child of mine to the mall, or a jeweler, or Claire's or any of that nonsense with those guns. Nope. If the law prevented me from taking them in the door of a tattoo shop, I'd contact piercers and ask if we could arrange to meet somewhere else. I'd get a pro to do it, or no one. Jewelers and mall employees aren't pros at this. Not really.
Same here. I have 3 sets of holes in my earlobes, all done at Piercing Pagoda over a 13-year stretch. The first 2 went alright, but the 3rd time, the right hole is up a little far, more into the fatty rim of the lobe, and also is a bit crooked. It also tends to close up a bit if I don't keep something in there. My other 5 holes are fine except for that one. It's a PITA to put a post in it if I've let it go for a time.

One thing people need to keep in mind is that they can't sterilize those piercing guns. A reputable tattoo or piercing shop will be on top of the sterilization factor. And that goes both ways. I know the guy who did my one and only tattoo was very serious about sterilization, for his and my sake. He said he didn't want to "bring anything home" to his family.
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Old Today, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Florida
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My daughter had them done at age 6 at a jewelry store (not Claireís... I canít remember what it was, but they sold nicer jewelry there). I really didnít put that much thought into it. In fact, I wasnít even there; we had talked about getting it done and my husband took her out to do errands and she asked if she could have it done that day and he said yes and took her right there and then! I guess itís one of those things that seems very important to some parents at the time but doesnít really matter in the long run.
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Old Today, 09:32 PM
 
Location: Saint John, IN
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I took both of my girls to Claires in the mall when they were 5 before they went to Kindergarten. They marked their ears where they would pierce the ear and asked for my approval. Both turned out fine with no problems after. I don't think I would have done it there had they not marked the ear and asked for my approval before piercing.
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