We’re happy you’re looking for a quality piercing experience for your child! While your child is probably pretty excited about getting their first piercing, the experience can also be a bit overwhelming. We do everything in our power to make this as smooth a process as possible.
Consent is key. We need to know your child really wants this permanent change to their appearance. We need to know that they’re brave enough to sit still during the procedure, as it’s completely unethical for a piercer (or a parent!) to restrain your child for a piercing.
It’s also important that your child understands their responsibilities in caring for their piercings, like not touching the piercings and proper cleaning. A child that isn’t ready to follow instructions can have serious complications like infections or serious scarring.
Piercing children can be very stressful for piercers. We really have 2 clients any time we pierce folks under 18, the parent and the child getting pierced. This can mean getting 2 people to agree on what jewelry to start with, and having to explain aftercare twice. Sometimes we have to work through family disagreements.
We also deal with the emotional stress of seeing your child in discomfort or pain. While this procedure tends to be about as intense as getting a shot at the doctor’s office, young children often don’t have life experience with physical pain. It’s difficult for them to understand what to expect, and it can be scary and stressful for them. Some kids have to cry for 10-15 minutes before they calm down enough to get pierced. Some kids scream when the first piercing happens and need time to recover before we can do the second piercing. Occasionally children will get worked up enough that we can’t do the piercing that day.
All of this means that we need extra time to perform these piercings. In order to keep the actual piercing appointment time to 30 minutes, the consultation will happen before the piercing is booked, and we’ll have you pick out and pay for the jewelry before the piercing so that we can have it sterilized and ready to go when you arrive. This also reduces wait times in the studio to help reduce nerves.