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Piercing A Baby's Ears

This piercer had thoughtful questions about piercing babies ears:

Hi Elayne,

I have your book, The Piercing Bible, and I consult it before I perform any piercings. I appreciate your cautious yet sensible attitude.

At the moment I'm looking for some information about piercing a baby's ears and I can't seem to find it in the book. Would you mind answering a couple of questions?

Is there a minimum age that you recommend the piercee should be? What gauge needle is optimal and is there a particular jewellery style which is preferable? Also, do you have any tips on how to hold the baby?

Many thanks. 

My Reply:

Hi A.,

Thanks for the positive feedback about my book; I appreciate it! Perhaps you'd be willing to post a review somewhere, or some comments on my guest book? If so, the entry form for a new posting is at the bottom of this page:

http://piercingbible.com/guestbook

I've never pierced an infant or anyone too young to consent. If you plan to do it, I would suggest looking for some online forums to get input from piercers who do pierce infants.

If you check in The Piercing Bible on page 251, you will find my perspectives clarified (though directed to parents rather than piercers):

Infant and Child Ear Piercing

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