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I got my three daughters’ ears pierced between 4-5 months of age by their pediatrician. They cried for 2 seconds, and were quickly comforted by nursing right after. Their ears were easy to clean and since they were so little, they weren’t trying to constantly touch it, they actually never did, so they never got infected. They all loved wearing earrings…
I had my oldest daughters done when she was 3 months (pressure from my mom because that’s when my mom did mine). And then I waited until my middle and youngest asked. Youngest wears them everyday, middle never wears them unless an occasion calls. She likes that she has the option.
My oldest now has like 13 total.
The rule in my house:you can pierce your ears as many times as you’d like, but no face or body while living under my roof.
I’m on the “wait until they are able to decide for themselves” side. I also find it interesting that the answers all speak about “daughters” and don’t address ear piercing in sons. Yet again, another place where others are deciding about procedures on a female body. Would you consider piercing your son’s ears a 4 - 5 months old? I suspect that those parents would say, “we’ll disuss it when they are old enough”.