December 20, 2021

Guide To Piercing Your Children’s Ear


If your child has decided to get their ears pierced and has parental consent it is important to know what to expect when you get to the piercing shop. In this post, we’ll explain how to help your child prepare for a piercing, the healing process,  what to look for in a piercing shop, and how to care for their newly pierced ears. 


How to Pick a Piercing Shop 

It is important to find a piercing shop that is clean, follows safety procedures, and has experience piercing children’s ears. Ask your doctor for a recommendation or ask other friends who have had their children’s ears pierced who they recommend as the best place to get a child’s ears pierced


Once you decide on a shop, you may also want to ask the piercing technician about their experience and what methods they use. Ensure they wash their hands, wear sterile gloves and thoroughly clean the earlobes with alcohol before piercing. Also, check that they use a sterile needle for the piercing and not a piercing gun. 


At Sage Piercing, we have years of experience piercing clients. We only offer lobe piercing for children ages 7 and up with both parents’ consent and enthusiastic consent from the child. If the child seems unsure or isn’t excited about it, we won’t do it. Other piercings start at age 14 with parental consent. 

How to Prepare / What to Expect

Your child needs to know what to expect when they have their ears pierced. It is important to know that the piercing may hurt a little but the procedure is very quick and it hurts no more than a shot at the doctor’s office. 


When you arrive at your appointment you will pick out the jewelry you would like to use for the piercing. For newly pierced ears it is a good idea to choose a simple stud made from surgical grade titanium, or 14k gold. You should avoid any metals with nickel or cobalt to prevent painful allergic reactions. 

After Care

It is important to follow the healing time advice of your piercing technician for aftercare to avoid infections. You need to keep the earrings clean by using a cleaning solution daily. Always wash your hands with soap before cleaning the front and back of the piercing with a cotton ball dipped in a cleaning solution. Your piercing shop can advise you on the best cleaner to use. Gently rotate the earrings in the holes and slide them back and forth to help maintain the shape of part of your ear.

What to Look for In Case of an Infection 

It is important to keep an eye out for signs of infection with newly pierced ears and see your doctor right away if you suspect one. Signs to look for include swelling or redness at the piercing site, fluid draining, or itching or tenderness. Your doctor can tell you if it is an infection or an allergic reaction to the metal. 


At Sage piercing, we only use surgical-grade titanium and gold for new piercings so allergic reactions are very rare. If you have had your ears pierced somewhere else with jewelry made from other metals and have signs of an allergic reaction, you should remove the jewelry right away and use another medical-grade earring. 


If your child is over 7 years old and interested in piercing their ears and you live in the Ottawa area lookup piercing shops near me and head over to Sage Piercing. Book an appointment with one of our experienced piercing technicians. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and help you find the perfect piece of jewelry for your child’s new piercing. Contact us today.