Factors to Consider When Deciding on What the Best Age is for Having Your Child’s Ears Pierced
One of my earliest memories as a 5-year-old girl is of my mom taking me to have my ears pierced. I was so excited to finally have the chance to wear a pair of dangly unicorn earrings that I had received on my birthday (which I still have to this day!). I’ll never forget the excitement as we got in the car and drove to the closest department store. Two quick pinches later and my lobes were pierced. I was so proud of myself and felt so grown up! My mom helped me care for my freshly pierced ears over the following weeks, and it was a great experience.
Ear piercing is a milestone that can be celebrated at any age! Whether you’re two months old or 102 years old, self-expression is a right of passage that can be enjoyed by anyone. However, deciding when to have your child’s ears pierced for the first time is not as easy as it seems. Not only is it important to choose a location that utilizes professionals and hypoallergenic, surgical-grade materials, but nobody wants to bring their child to a scary-looking studio. (Not to worry - Rowan has your back!)
Perhaps the most often asked question is what age is the best for receiving your first ear piercings. There are many factors to consider when making this choice. However, it is important to note that there is no specific age requirement for getting an ear piercing. Culture comes into play, as well as an individual’s level of maturity.
How to decide when to get their ears pierced?
Some parents choose to wait until their child is old enough to take care of the piercing on their own. This means being able to clean the piercing properly, following aftercare instructions, and avoiding touching the piercing excessively. Generally, children as young as six years old can handle the responsibility of caring for their piercings. However, parents may want to wait until their child is a bit older to ensure they are fully capable of caring for their piercing.
Another factor to consider is the child's comfort level. Some children may be afraid of needles or the pain associated with getting a piercing. In this case, it may be best to wait until they are older and can make an informed decision on their own.
On the other hand, some parents choose to get their child's ears pierced as infants. This is a common practice in some cultures and is believed to be less painful and traumatic for the child. One potential disadvantage to piercing at this age is that the responsibility of performing the aftercare rests solely with the adult.
What is the Most Common Age for First Ear Piercings?
At Rowan, we see all ages. The most popular age at which we see children receiving their first ear piercing is 8, and the age we see the least often is 1.5-3 years old.
What About the Young-At-Heart?
As for adults, the age at which to get an ear piercing is entirely up to the individual. Some people choose to get their ears pierced as late teenagers or young adults, while others may wait until they are in their 30s or 40s and beyond. There is no age limit for getting a piercing as long as the individual is healthy and capable of caring for the piercing properly. The great advantage is that you aren’t limited to piercing your lobes; maybe your first piercing is a conch or a flat! The choices are endless!
In conclusion, there is no specific age at which to get an ear piercing. It is a personal choice that should be made based on individual maturity and responsibility. When you are ready, book an appointment at one of our beautiful, clean studios!