Many parents choose to get their child’s ears pierced when they are young which has left some wondering if an age restriction should be put in place…

Posting her story to Mumsnet, a concerned mum has asked whether there should be an age restriction for children getting their ear’s pierced. The mum says that while she has nothing against piercings she struggles with the idea of parents taking their children while they are still babies or toddlers.

What’s The Rush?

The mum said that watching a baby girl get her ears pierced while out shopping made her feel uncomfortable. “I was in a well-known accessories shop yesterday and witnessed a mum getting her child’s ears pierced,” she wrote. “The child could only have been about a year old and screamed the place down. She was so distressed.” The mum said that she can’t understand why parents are in such a rush to have their children’s ears pierced. “I really don’t understand why it’s necessary to do it at that age,” she told the forum. “It seems so unnecessarily cruel!”

To Pierce Or Not To Pierce

Comments on the mum’s post were mostly understanding of her concern, with many agreeing that there should be a minimum age for undergoing the procedure. “I actually think there should be a limit of about 12 years old for this,” said one parent. “You have to be 16 to get a lot of piercings unless your parents are consenting to it and with you, but you wouldn’t take a toddler to get their belly button pierced so I don’t understand why places are treating ear piercing differently?” “Kids should be old enough to consent, the same as any other body modification,” wrote another.

While some make the argument that having your child’s ears pierced while their young means it is over and done with, we still think that waiting until they are old enough to decide for themselves and can take some responsibility for the upkeep is the best option.

Do you think there should be an age restriction on getting your child’s ears pierced? Let us know in the comments!


  • I think there shouldnt be an age restriction but I as a parent would wait till my child is old enough to ask.

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  • My two daughters and myself have had our ears pierced when we were a few months old at a chemist shop. My babies did cry when the actual piercing was done but had no problems after it as the chemist told me how to disinfect the holes and keep them clean and they had little studs put on in no time. All are happy and my kids thank me for doing this when they were little and not having to undergo pain at an older age.

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  • How on earth would anyone police it?

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  • I don’t think an age restriction for this is necessary however I don’t believe a one year old baby needs to have their ears pierced.

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  • There are pros and cons to this idea. I don’t agree with the age restriction though. My nieces chose to have their ears pierced because they wanted to look like other members of their family. I do not however agree with getting a baby’s ears pierced.

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  • Interesting to read the different opinions

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  • I think there should absolutely be a minimum age for this. What is the point of it? Trying to make babies more beautiful? I think it’s ridiculous and yes, I agree that the world is going crazy over certain issues, however, piercing is a form of body modification and should only be done when the child is old enough to consent. You could almost be extreme & break it down to a form of mutilation for the sake of beauty. I don’t get it at all.

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  • My girls asked to have their ears pierced when they were 12 and 10 respectively – it was their decision then and only one of them still wears ear rings.

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  • I had my ears pierced when I was in grade 1. I think kids should be old enough to look after them eg. bathe them, stop infection, etc.

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  • Yes I do think that there should be an age limit – my son and his wife got their eldest daughter’s ears pierced when she was a toddler. There was a constant losing of earrings and some infections and in the end the holes just closed up. She is now 8 and she is not interested in having earrings at present so they went through it all for nothing!! The second daughter was never done!

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  • Personally I find it a bit tacky, not to mention the poor little things are prone to infection and not given any choice about whether they actually want it done or not.

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  • Should wait until children are old enough to make their own choices, it is their body and they have to live with it, I am sick of parents thinking they can do what they want with their children with no respect.

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  • I worry about babies getting ear piercing because of infection, hair getting caught around them and getting the earrings caught on clothing etc. I waited until my girls begged me -one was 6 and one was 12. I had my ears done when I was 18.

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  • No way, it’s the parents right if that is what they choose to do than so be it, there are worse things that can be done to children


    • Why should parents have a right to pierce a child’s body? Let them decide, teach them respect of their body by letting them make their own decisions when they are old enough.

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  • I guess with an older child it is okay, just the ears. I have seen some dreadful infections. To me, other piercings are horrible.

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