Q: What do I need to know before I take my daughter to get her ears pierced? - Brenda
A: The answer to this question will depend on the studio you visit. The policies at each studio will vary, and this can lead to confusion when researching where to take your child for their piercing. There are, however, some important policies and procedures we believe that a studio should have to be considered for your patronage.
We believe safety is the most important factor for a parent to consider. A little investigation of each practitioner and facility’s standards goes a long way. Get out and visit the studios, take tours, and ask questions.
The first thing you should ask a piercer is whether they use a piercing gun. If the answer is anything other than, “No,” consider continuing your search for a safer option. Look for a studio that uses single-use, disposable piercing needles for each piercing.
Next, ask them to share and provide proof of the sterilization process. I know it can seem like an obvious thing, but you’d be surprised to see the differences out there. Proof may be documentation of the process, frequent spore test results (e.g. monthly), and chemical indicators of sterile conditions. These documents and the ability to articulate the sterilization process improve the likelihood that the piercing needle, jewelry, and any piercing tools needed, are handled safely for your child's piercing.
Ask what type of jewelry the studio uses for initial piercings and compare the response to the APP’s (Association of Professional Piercers) list of acceptable materials and designs. (www.safepiercing.org). The piercer should also offer the appropriate size of jewelry to match that of your child’s ears.
Each studio's policy about age, ID requirements, and waiting times will vary. Most studios will require parental consent for anyone under the age of 18, as well as ID from both parties to ensure the relationship. This is to protect the minor, as minors cannot sign legal documents, like release forms.
A positive experience is important when a minor gets pierced, as it sets the tone for future interactions they will have, including visits to dentists, doctors, hair salons, etc. Doing upfront homework to help ensure a safe and fun piercing will go a long way in providing the child with not only beautiful jewelry, but also greater happiness and confidence from the overall experience. More information about our procedures on kids here
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