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Old 12-20-2011, 09:27 AM
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Piercing Toddler's Ears

Okay, mommies, other aunts, etc.! I need your advice. My 2 yo niece is begging to have her ears pierced and I think my sister and I are going to take her. My dad is concerned that she will pull at them and not be able to leave them alone. I'm just wondering what everyone thinks or if you've had experience with this. Thanks!
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Old 12-20-2011, 11:39 AM
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She might mess with them for the first couple days but then she'll forget all about them. 2 year olds can undertand rules so if you continue to tell her not to touch them and to just look otherwise they'll have to come out she'll leave them alone. Also the earrings they use to pierce are so friggin hard to get out. Even if she touches them all the time, they aren't going to come out.
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Old 12-20-2011, 02:42 PM
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Thanks for your input, Lynne!
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Old 12-20-2011, 03:33 PM
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I agree with everything that Lynne said, but I can't imagine my DD asking to get hers done!
Try to go when there are two people working that are able to pierce. Most places will do both ears at the same time. In kindergarten I remember my BFF went to get hers done and after they had pierced one ear she wouldn't let them do the other.
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Old 12-20-2011, 03:50 PM
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Thanks, Rachel! My sister said she wants them both done at once. That would be terrible!

I swear, every time I talk to this kid, she asks to get her ears pierced. Too funny. She is such a girly girl.
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Old 12-20-2011, 05:53 PM
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Please don't take her to the mall and have her ears pierced with a gun Guns cannot be effectively sterilized. Low quality jewelry is used. The design of the studs is bad for piercings - the butterfly backs collect bacteria and discharge. The actual 'piercers' using them have little or no knowledge of piercings and aftercare and are likely to give you bad advice (rotating jewelry, cleaning products containing benzylkonium chloride) since they aren't trained professionals. The stud being forced through the ear causes much more trauma and pain than a sharp, clean cut by a needle. This trauma often leads to tissue damage and infection.
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Old 12-20-2011, 06:23 PM
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I got mine pierced when I was like 6 months old. I came out fine. I also think I got mine pierced at the mall...
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Old 12-20-2011, 06:49 PM
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I'm not trying to say that you will always end up with an infection if you get pierced with a dirty gun, but it's definitely important to understand that there are risks involved just like if you get a tattoo done at an unclean tattoo shop. Not a lot of people even realize that there are risks involved. If you do decide to go with the gun anyway, please at least avoid the aftercare that they provide.
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Old 12-20-2011, 07:31 PM
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I would have to say that at least 90% of people that get their ears pierced get them done at a mall with a gun. They have to be able to clean the guns effectively or those kind of mall piercing kiosks would all be shut down by now. This isn't the case at all. Plus the earring is what is entering the skin not any part of the gun. The gun only touches the lobe and you could get any infection on any part of your body from touching a door knob, clothes hanger, table, chair....etc. The gun isn't coming into contact with any blood. It's not comparible to getting a tattoo. Just my 2 cents
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Old 12-20-2011, 07:37 PM
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I totally agree, Emily. I was crazy about piercings for a while and looked up quite a bit about it. I had my first ear piercing done with a gun and it was probably the worst ones I've had done. They're slightly uneven too and that bugs me. I know a piercing parlor probably wouldn't be the best place for a kid, but imo, a good one is the best place to get a piercing. With a gun, it separates the skin and your body treats it as if something has been rammed into you, it basically has. With a hollow needle, it takes out a teeny bit of your ear and that is replaced with the earring. It heals quicker and more easily that way too. Just my 2c.
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Old 12-20-2011, 07:44 PM
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Lynne, it actually does come in contact with blood occasionally when a piercing bleeds. They cant be sanatized because of the way they're shaped. I know tons of people Get their piercings done that way and it turns out fine but isnt by any means the safest or most sanitary way.

I've had 7 piercings and I can say from experience that a hollow needle is definitely the quickest and most painless. Personally, I feel better about having something rammed through me when I can see that its brand new out of its package and that it'll be done by someone who does it professionally vs random store employees.
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Old 12-20-2011, 07:55 PM
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Meh, I've read all sorts of articles too about mall piercing guns and there is no way they would be able to continue doing mall piercings if the guns were coming into contact with bloodborne pathogens and not being cleaned. The guns are made of metal and pure alcohol will kill all bloodborne pathogens from metal. You run the same risk of getting an uncleaned gun as you do getting a used needle at a professional piercing parlor. There is a risk with with both places. Just as you run the risk of getting sick eating at a restaurant that doesn't store food at proper temperatures. Risk is involved with everything you do.
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Old 12-20-2011, 08:01 PM
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I'm going to stop talking after this post because this is a topic I am very passionate about and don't want to get carried away. Piercing guns are not illegal yet, but there are SO many petitions currently being signed to make them illegal. Guns use relatively blunt, solid studs that punch through tissue; thus they cause more trauma to tissue than proper piercing needles, which are sharp and hollow. Piercing with a piercing gun causes microsprays of plasma and blood; the guns frequently contain plastic components which are unable to be cleaned in an autoclave system, and surface cleansers do not kill all bacteria. Blood can aerosolize and contaminate the gun. If any part of the stud touches any part of the contaminated gun, there is the possibility of transmitting a disease-causing microorganism. With a professional piercer, everything they use has been autoclaved. The Association of Professional Piercers recommends that piercing guns not be used for any piercing, including ears. Yes, the majority of people still get pierced with guns, but that does not mean it is safe or healthy. It is so easy to just go to a professional instead of an untrained 16 year old wielding a dirty tool.
K I'm done and sorry for all my ranting
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Old 12-20-2011, 08:10 PM
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I get all your points. I just find it to be a little sketchy considering The Association of Professional Piercers are the only ones who seem to have an issue with guns. If all these guns were coming into contact with blood and passing the pathogens on to others we would have heard about the spread of diseases through piercing guns and I haven't been able to find any evidence of this. Needles from piercing shops have been proven to spread diseases. I get your passion though, Emily My main argument is that there is just as much risk both ways.
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Old 12-20-2011, 08:20 PM
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I just wanted to add, how freaking cute is that a two year old is dying to get her ears pierced? Little miss DIVAAA, I love it!
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Old 12-20-2011, 08:31 PM
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This is something I get pretty passionate about too. I understand what you're saying, Lynne. I think a lot of the risk can be eliminated through taking the right steps though. It's true that sketchy piercing parlors may use old needles but a good one never will. It always good to ask a ton of question, especially when it comes to your body. I've always gone to the same place and they've always pull out the brand new factory sealed needle and jewelry in front of me, after they've washed their hands with soap and put on gloves. I totally agree that not all places are legit.
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Old 12-20-2011, 09:37 PM
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I got Anavey's ears pierced at Claires about 6 months ago. I got the earrings that were sterling silver, not the cheaper ones.
She hasn't has any problems & they are adorable!
They did the 2 gun thing so it was quick & just stunned her for a second. She's 5 though & it may be a lot harder with a 2 year old?

I love stud earrings on little girls
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I believe you might be able to get ears pierced at a doctor/pediatricians office. I'm sure not all doctors offer this, but it is worth looking into.
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I just wanted to add, how freaking cute is that a two year old is dying to get her ears pierced? Little miss DIVAAA, I love it!
She is such a girl and she knows what she wants! She has some good teachers, too!
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so cute!!! I love little girly girls!
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Old 12-22-2011, 12:04 PM
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I agree with Emily and Kattyish on this, myself and my two daughters had our ears pierced with a gun at a jewellers a few years ago-I think we had an allergy to maybe the nickel that is used in gold, we all had to take them out they just didn't heal.

In the summer my 12yr old was going on about getting them pierced again so decided to do some research-in the end I opted to get them pierced by a professional piercer using a needle at a tattoo shop. He used titanium hoops and told us to bathe them with salt water twice daily. I was expecting problems but had none, they healed fine for both of us It cost 30 each but was well worth it

A few weeks ago my youngest daughter, she's 8, was asking if she could get hers done so I popped in the tattoo shop and asked him if he'd do it on a child so young. As he remembered me and Casey he agreed and Bobbie, bless her, didn't bat an eyelid-she was the youngest child he'd pierced and he couldn't believe how brave she was compared to some Hers seem to be healing fine too.

I'd never get a piercing done with a gun after having one done with a needle-it was the plastic parts on the gun not being able to be cleaned properly and the blood spray that put me off
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you must have their permission 1st. ear piercing is form of mutilation that should require the consent of the individual- child or adult...

i suggest you wait until it grows older then ask if it wants its ear to be pierced or not. that is "right" thing to do.
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Old 12-22-2011, 01:42 PM
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The right thing to do is to NOT refer to a child as an "it". "It" is a human. WTF??????
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Old 12-22-2011, 01:57 PM
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Not to mention-I already said that she has asked, dumbfuck. Can someone please ban this troll?
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Old 12-22-2011, 01:59 PM
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Not to mention-I already said that she has asked, dumbfuck. Can someone please ban this troll?
she's two. you should know better than to take anything a 2 year old says seriously.

like i said, wait until it is at least a couple more years older THEN ask for her permission..

and stop cussing. wow, you dont say that around your child so don't say that here.

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