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    I guess at the end of the day it's also a personal choice. I can't stand earrings and would have been cranky at my mum if she had have pierced my ears without asking me first. Each to their own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GothChick View Post
    Never ever get anything pierced with a gun...they are inaccurate and unhygienic.Ear piercing guns cannot be autoclaved therefor when they pierce at such a speed, the fine mist of bodily fluids that are released could be going anywhere, namely on the gun that is then not cleaned properly.I have seen so many messed up ears after they have had them done with guns, bumps that never heal, wonky piercings that flare up constantly...The hep virus can live for extended periods of time on inanimate objects and could be harboured within a gun for several weeks as guns cannot be properly sterlised.Also, piercing studs are not very sharp, they often have rounded tips with grooves in the post so the backing fastens.Essentially these blunt points with grooves and notches shred their way through the healthy tissue using the force and speed the gun provides.Because the stud is not ******lined, it increases the amount of damage to the tissues and causing excessive swelling.There have been many instances were the gun has malfunctioned, whether it is the adapter not releasing the stud once its been pushed through resulting in pliers having to be used, or the stud not being pushed all the way through resulting in the salesperson trying to push it manually the rest of the way through....Both are extremely painful as you can imagine, and never something I would risk putting my daughter through.
    I'm glad I read this I had my own ears done (25years ago) when I was 18 months, and I have had problems with infections and scabs (sorry, its gross!) ever since. I've never had any other piercings done. It was done with a gun, and I have to leave my earrings out for a.month to let the ear heal, and then infection comes back again when I wear earrings. I don't resent my mum at all for getting it done, she was just doing what was 'normal' to her, but to be honest, I would have preferred to be old enough to ask to have the piercing done and be a part of the decision making process.Sorry op, I think I've strayed from your question! But I guess I'm just agreeing that, from personal experience, I would also avoid using a gun.

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    Re: needle not gun.

    I recently took my 16yo to get her ears pierced and was insistent on needle not gun based on things people had said on this forum. The piercer said he was happy to do either but said that the new guns (which use disposable cartridges) were different to the ones in the past and thus my fears were unfounded. My 16yo was quite apprehensive and upon learning the gun would be quicker selected the gun instead of the needle.

    The piercer was very patient and the procedure involved a total of four hours of waiting for my daughter to be ready.

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    thankyou everyone for your replies! i had done abit of research but am still glad i asked on bh about this... i'll discuss about this with DH and the lady who will do DDs piercings and see how i feel about it all. i'll get emla cream whether i decide to get the piercing done now or latter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by samar81 View Post
    i'll discuss about this with DH and the lady who will do DDs piercings and see how i feel about it all. i'll get emla cream whether i decide to get the piercing done now or latter.
    Just a thought, if you are thinking about waiting and doing it later, maybe wait until bub is old enough to ask herself for her ears to be pierced ? Her ears and all that.
    Just a thought,
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    My daughter was turning 8 when she chose to have hers pierced. They used a needle and no numbing cream. They did one then very carefully lined up the other to exactly match the first. I recommend going to a professional piercer, but most will not pierce before 7, some even older.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peanut2011 View Post

    FYI, this is no bash on the OP, More like it sounds like op has a choice between quick and less hygienic, or drawn out but more hygienic :-/
    and option c. of course - don't get it done.

    Why not just go buy a few of those big flowery headbands for your baby instead, they give the same impression as pierced ears on a baby girl without the pain, risk of infection etc

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    I wish I had of know about the 'guns' and how unhygienic they really are, I had my almost 3yr old get hers done on Sunday with a gun (btw we used the numbing cream) so far though they are fine so fingers crossed they stay that way

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    I got my daughters done at 4 months same way double gun she didn't even cry they are perfectly even on both sides. My other daughter I got done at two because she wanted it done same thing no crying it was quick hers are perfectly even too

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    Quote Originally Posted by CMF View Post
    And the infant. Do what is right for the infant.
    Yes. I should've said what I meant. Do what you think is right for you and your dd.


 

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