What Age Should Girls Pierce Their Ears?

Posted by GoGo Goodie on September 16, 2011.

In determining what age is best for your daughter, let's first look at what age girls do piercing their ears.  Because, let's face it, it does influence our decision and our daughter's desire to have them pierced.

Age of Ear Piercing

18 % - 2 years or younger

  9 % - 2 to 4 years

13 % - 4 to 7 years

17 % - 7 to 9 years

22 % - 9 to 11 years

11 % - 11 to 13 years

10 % - 13 years or older

For the first two group, 2 years old or younger and 2 to 4, this is a decision made by the parents with little or no pressure from the daughter.  Usually, this is due to the parents desire to easily have others identify their daughter as a girl or due to cultural traditions.  As you progress through the age ranges, your daughter's desire to pierce her ears generally increases...therefore increasing the pressure on us parents!  

For our family, I told my daughter she could pierce hers ears when she was old enough to take care of them.  Freshly pierced ears require daily cleaning!  Easy enough, but at age 10 when she still needed to be reminded to brush her teeth every morning and every night, I could easily determine she wasn't ready to take care of pierced ears.  So this past summer, when she turned 12, I was confident she was ready to have her ears pierced.  We made it part of her birthday celebration and she had it done with Sofi, one of her closest friends.  It turned out wonderful and she was very diligent in cleaning her freshly pierced shiny ears!

Of course there is no right answer to the best age to pierce a girls' ears.  I can only pass along my positive experience in waiting for children to grow old enough to take care of the extra attention it takes to clean pierced ears.  It also made it more special tying the piercing into her birthday and making it an event.  You could even invite a larger group of girls, with parent approval of course, and have them all pierce their ears together.  As a parting gift, add some special earrings to the birthday goodie bags and you'll have a memorable day for all!


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