Piercing for Minors & Children

So your child wants their ears pierced? Congratulations, you’ve come to the right place! Getting your kids’ earlobes pierced can be a surprisingly controversial topic and finding clear, useful information online can be extremely overwhelming. So, we’ve put together some information to help you plan. Please read through the following details and information. As always, please feel free to contact us if your specific question isn’t addressed below.

What do I need to get my child’s earlobes pierced?

Minors must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian for all piercing services and *both* parent and minor must each bring a valid form of identification. ID is required for all clients of all ages for all services. Adults must provide a valid state or government issued photo ID, and minors can provide a drivers license/permit, passport, birth certificate or student ID. (For any alternative forms of ID, please check with us in advance so we can help you find an acceptable form of identification to bring. We hate telling people “no”, so please don’t forget proper identification!)

What are your age requirements for piercings?

When piercing the earlobes of minors, we prefer that they’re at least 8 years old and are able to say themselves that they want their ears pierced. “Informed consent” is a very important part of our business practices, and we apply this same level of respect to even our youngest clients. For this reason, we prefer that they’re old enough to be able to have a comfortable conversation with our staff so we can talk them through the prepping, piercing and aftercare process.

What if my child doesn’t want their earlobes pierced?

We are happy to facilitate a safe, professional environment for earlobe piercings on minors, but under no circumstances will ever force a child to get a piercing that they themselves do not wish to receive. We prefer that all minors are able to provide verbal consent to piercing their earlobes because it’s important to us that this is something *they* say that *they* want to do. Sometimes children get a little too nervous when they arrive or don’t have the courage to sit through the second earlobe piercing, and that’s absolutely OK! We will stop the piercing procedure as soon as any client (regardless of age) asks us to, and will gladly revisit the experience on another day once a little more courage has returned to them.

Do I need to make an appointment?

We will be operating as appointment-only for the foreseeable future for all tattoo, piercing and jewelry changing services. No walk-ins allowed.

What kind of jewelry do you use and can I bring my own?

We only offer the safest and highest quality body jewelry available to give our clients the best possible experience with their piercings, and for this reason (as well as in accordance with Oregon state law), we cannot pierce with jewelry from outside of our studio. All of our body piercing jewelry is American-made, guaranteed for life, “hypoallergenic”, internally threaded and made of either nickel-free implant-grade titanium, nickel-free 14 – 18 karat solid gold or implant grade stainless steel. Oregon state law requires that everybody art facility can prove the content and quality of body jewelry that they pierce with, and for that reason, we carry mill certificates from every manufacturer to verify product content and quality. Although your personal jewelry collection may not be fit for the piercing/healing process, we’re happy to help you put in your own jewelry once the piercings heal completely.

How much does earlobe piercing cost?

Overall cost depends on the choice of jewelry, but it starts around $150 including piercing service fee, jewelry, and aftercare supplies. It covers the service for piercing both earlobes, a pair of implant-grade titanium earrings available in over a hundred gemstone size and color combinations, plus a 1–2-month supply of sterile saline aftercare. We also have solid gold, genuine gemstones, diamonds and more available, and their prices vary. Sometimes our younger clients complete the paperwork, jewelry selection, cleaning, and marking process only to realize that they’re not ready for the last and final step: Getting pierced. We completely understand being too nervous and wanting to retry another day, but there is a $25 tray fee to cover the cost of time and materials used during the attempted service.

Does it hurt? Can you numb it?

Yes, piercings can hurt and no, there is no effective form of numbing. We always want to be 100% honest with our clients, no matter their age. Let’s face the facts: Piercings can hurt a little bit, but it’s going to be okay and we’ll get through this together. You’re tougher than you think! In the grand scheme of things, earlobe piercings are pretty easy and just a quick pinch. There’s no truly reliable form of numbing out there, and most topical “numbing” ointments can actually cause more harm than good.  Please do not add numbing agents to your child’s ears before their service.  A good night of rest, a big breakfast and a little extra confidence is the best preparation available.

How do we take care of the ear piercings as they heal?

Use the aftercare solution as suggested, wear proper jewelry 24/7 until fully healed and never ever touch/twist/turn your piercings – These golden rules and much more information is included in the aftercare pamphlet you’ll be provided upon check out.

Ear Piercing Aftercare

We’re nerds about knowledge and have used the last 17+ years of professional piercing experience to develop the most reliable, gentle and user-friendly form of aftercare guidelines possible. The same rules apply for healing earlobes on adults as they do on children:

  • Don’t touch, do use your aftercare solution and wear quality jewelry when healing and even when healed. (All of the following information and much, much more can be found in our aftercare pamphlet here, but the following is an overview of the basics). Touching your piercings introduces bacteria, debris, and other harmful irritants into your healing wound, which can cause irritation or worse: Infection.
  • The myth of needing to twist your earrings while healing is to prevent your body from “growing onto the jewelry”, a process only possible with low quality, highly porous jewelry. Our jewelry is implant-grade (meaning meant to be worn within the body for life) and polished to a mirror finish, making twisting jewelry an obsolete aftercare technique and a direct link to irritation/infection.
  • The suggested aftercare solution is made by a medical supply company called NeilMed and it is a preservative-free, drug-free, string-free sterile saline spray designed to encourage the healing process of piercings. It eliminates the contamination risks of making your own saline solution at home, offers a time-saving convenient solution to aftercare on the go and keeps caring for your piercings consistent.
  • Here’s our Piercing Aftercare Page for review.

Earlobe Piercing Healing Time

Lastly: Jewelry quality matters. Like, REALLY matters, for both healing and healed piercings. You’ll always be safe with the jewelry you’ve been pierced with at Adorn, but wearing this jewelry 24/7 until fully healed (about 3+ months for earlobes) is crucial to allow your body a safe material to heal on. Jewelry that is improperly fitted/poorly made/made of irritating metals all can complicate the healing of a piercing and even be significantly problematic an otherwise happily healed piercing.

What if something “goes wrong” like irritation or infection?

Beyond just the piercing service, we’re always happy to assist with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your piercing, jewelry or healing. We’re here to help! Getting pierced is the easy part. Healing a piercing takes due diligence and commitment, especially with young clients that may struggle with piercing-awareness or aftercare responsibility during the healing process. Sports, extracurricular activities, swimming, and roughhousing on the playground are all common culprits for piercing problems, but don’t worry: If anything ever looks or feels out of the ordinary with your piercing, we encourage you to call or come in so we can help. Actual infections are rather rare and most complications are easily fixed if caught early and treated with an adjustment in jewelry or aftercare.