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#1 gina70

Posted 16 February 2013 - 08:22 PM

My dd1 is 15 and wants to get her belly button pierced this year.  I have said 16, but she said she wants it done in winter when she will be a couple of months off 16 so she can swim in summer.  I said no, but she is nagging about it.  What do others with teenagers think or what have you said yes to?

#2 Jupiter123

Posted 16 February 2013 - 08:30 PM

Sorry but I would make her wait until she is 18.

I may be wrong but i think the legal age for body piercings is 18 so you may be hard pressed to find a piercer that will be willing to do it before then even with your consent.


Edited by jupiter123, 16 February 2013 - 09:06 PM.


#3 JaneLane

Posted 16 February 2013 - 08:32 PM

I had my belly pierced at 15, wasn't a big deal and most of my year group had already had theirs done.  My kids are only very young and boys not girls but if I did have a teenage girl I personally wouldn't have a problem with it.  I would be more concerned if it was a facial piercing but not the belly.

#4 ~sydblue~

Posted 16 February 2013 - 08:33 PM

I know a woman who let her 9(almost 10)yr old get hers done.
I have told my kids they will not get theirs done until they are working and old enough to get it done without permission, and pay for it themselves.

Should add, that DD13 hasn't asked. She has seen one too many girl get hers ripped out or injured during soccer.

Edited by ~sydblue~, 16 February 2013 - 08:34 PM.


#5 gina70

Posted 16 February 2013 - 08:35 PM

Thank you for your input.  It looks like legally she has to be 16 without my consent, but she said she knows a place that will pierce at a younger age.  She is a huge sook and doesn't even have her ears done!

#6 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 16 February 2013 - 08:38 PM

I had my belly button pierced when I was 13 going on 14. I saved up my pocket money and paid for it myself.

That being said I don't have a teenage daughter and would probably not want them to get pierced until they are over 16 and pay for it themselves. I'd make her wait if you've already told her she has to wait until 16.

#7 Minxybug

Posted 16 February 2013 - 08:38 PM

that is correct you need a parent to accompany a person under the age of 18 for a piercing of any kind (sister is a body piercer by trade)

As for my own experience......

Also it is better to have it done in summer as you can have very light clothing over the new piercing and it is better healing to go swimming in the ocean (salt water)

Just make sure she knows that when it eventually comes time for her to have her own children that piercing will never look the same and will become stretched.

Personally (not that I have teenage children......yet) I would prefer that they get a piercing rather than a tattoo. Allowing them to make that decision later on after the age of 18.

hope all goes well with the decision and your daughter.

#8 *maddierose*

Posted 16 February 2013 - 08:40 PM

I don't see belly piercing as a huge deal, dd1 had her belly button pierced when she was almost 16 and dd2 had hers done last year at 14.

I pick my battles and this to me wasn't a battle i had to win.

I'd much prefer to sign a consent form and know it was done at a reputable piercing salon then them going somewhere cheap and nasty and trying to hide it from me. Not that i think my two would of done that as we have a pretty open and honest relationship, but i do know some of their peers have.

I had my belly piercing for over 10 years and it has been out for 6 years, you'd never know i even had one, there is no visible marking.

Edited by belnryan, 16 February 2013 - 08:41 PM.


#9 HerringToMarmalade

Posted 16 February 2013 - 08:43 PM

QUOTE (gina70 @ 16/02/2013, 09:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thank you for your input.  It looks like legally she has to be 16 without my consent, but she said she knows a place that will pierce at a younger age.  She is a huge sook and doesn't even have her ears done!


Maybe make sure she knows exactly how they do it before she makes a decision, it might make her want to wait a bit longer. There's probably videos on youtube she can watch. I don't have my ears done because of all the horrible stories I've heard of injuries from them (family of doctors), I'd be way too freaked out to get my belly done!

#10 #YKG

Posted 16 February 2013 - 08:54 PM

i dont have a teen but i got mine done at 16 and so did my little sister.

I too agree its better in summer she can swin at the beach which will help with healing. In winter you wear heavier and more clothing it hurts to have pressure put on it and rubs more which dorsnt help with healing at all.

TBH if she wont get her ears pierced how is she going to go with the process of getting it done? Has she seen or know how its done? Will she be able to lie still enough for the skin to be clamped and the needle pushed through?

Personally id show her a video on how its done there are a few on youtube.

#11 KLF84

Posted 16 February 2013 - 09:04 PM

QUOTE (belnryan @ 16/02/2013, 09:40 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I don't see belly piercing as a huge deal, dd1 had her belly button pierced when she was almost 16 and dd2 had hers done last year at 14.

I pick my battles and this to me wasn't a battle i had to win.

I'd much prefer to sign a consent form and know it was done at a reputable piercing salon then them going somewhere cheap and nasty and trying to hide it from me. Not that i think my two would of done that as we have a pretty open and honest relationship, but i do know some of their peers have.

I had my belly piercing for over 10 years and it has been out for 6 years, you'd never know i even had one, there is no visible marking.


I agree. My dad consented to me getting mine when I was 12 at a reputable body piercing studio.  I was the first girl in my grade to have it done. So many girls in my year had it done after me and only went to their local gp to have it done and they had all kinds of problems.

My dad was of the opinion if u was going to get it done he rather I did it with his knowledge then at some dodgy place behind his back and dealing with infection.

#12 Soontobegran

Posted 16 February 2013 - 09:05 PM

I said no but two of them got theirs done when they turned 16 with their own money. They showed me afterwards.
I picked my battles, it did not phase me, they didn't last long original.gif

#13 Bubblicious

Posted 20 February 2013 - 05:33 PM

I was also 15, and with my parents consent, I paid for my sister to get hers done as her 16th bday pres.

I would also explain exactly how it is done and what needs to be done to take care of it, and if she is still keen, I would go for it.

At this point in time, I intend to make it a bday/Christmas pres if my DD asks (she is only 4, hence the 'at this point in time')

#14 Futhermore

Posted 20 February 2013 - 06:30 PM

I'd probably stick to sixteen if that is what you have decided.  If her birthday is in summer and she wants to swim she can wait till winter when she is 16 and a half.

I always wanted mine done but never really got round to it.

#15 ~ky~

Posted 21 February 2013 - 01:08 AM

My daughters best friend had hers pierced for her 12th birthday with her mother's permission. Too young imo but it has healed well and she looks after it.

I'm of the opinion that hair style, hair colour etc can be easily changed/grown out and piercings if done properly are not an issue as they also can be taken out. I'm not going to argue with my kids on these. I will, however, advise them to wait a long time before considering a tattoo, only because of the difficulty of removal should they change their mind/regret it later.

Edited by ~ky~, 21 February 2013 - 01:10 AM.


#16 KDA

Posted 21 February 2013 - 08:28 AM

I had mine done at 14, with parents permission. I think my sisters all got theirs done about the same time, again with permission.

#17 unicycle

Posted 23 February 2013 - 05:38 PM

If my 13 yo wanted one, I would say go for it. Flat stomach- oh I so wish I had one! Never ever did. But I would discourage her from ears being pierced. She has no interest in either option. Saw a girl with the most beautiful belly button bling jewellery . She had a fun personality and it went together so well with it.

#18 MsDemeanor

Posted 23 February 2013 - 10:28 PM

My daughter got hers done for her 15th birthday, I had to go to give consent. She has looked after it meticulously. I parent very carefully as a mum of a teenage girl. I know that being strict doesn't always work and I pick my battles. The result is a gorgeous happy healthy girl who respects me and hasn't given me any trouble.

#19 blinko

Posted 24 February 2013 - 08:30 PM

It's hard to make them wait to do things they want. I'd be going with what she wants so that it's done safely and with your knowledge, the consequences of anything going wrong from a back yard job are just too high.

Thank goodness my own 15yo has been strongly advised by her dance teacher to not go there for dance safety reasons. I'm not sure how I'd react to be totally honest.

#20 CupcakeLove22

Posted 24 February 2013 - 08:54 PM

I had mine done on my 14th birthday. About 10 girls in my year already had theirs done at that time. I would let my daughter (if I ever have one) get hers done at a similar age.

#21 MidnightDad

Posted 25 February 2013 - 01:16 PM

As a parent I would allow 16. That said DD2 came back from a year 10 (15/16 year old) school swimming camp her entire year went to. I told her of your question and asked if any girls had their belly buttons pierced. She gave me the teenage death stare and said something I wont repeat. I can translate it as such a piercing being extremely uncommon in her school year and frowned upon.

#22 mama_n

Posted 28 August 2013 - 09:45 PM

I got mine done at 16, without an adult there (this was in 2003).
I'd probably say yes, because she'll get it done in a few months anyway, and you could go with her and make sure the place is decent and that she understands how to keep it clean etc.

#23 Sandy1902

Posted 28 August 2013 - 10:02 PM

14 or 15 I can't remember,

#24 AbbottProofFence

Posted 28 August 2013 - 10:02 PM

View Postbelnryan, on 16 February 2013 - 08:40 PM, said:

I don't see belly piercing as a huge deal, dd1 had her belly button pierced when she was almost 16 and dd2 had hers done last year at 14.

I pick my battles and this to me wasn't a battle i had to win.

I'd much prefer to sign a consent form and know it was done at a reputable piercing salon then them going somewhere cheap and nasty and trying to hide it from me. Not that i think my two would of done that as we have a pretty open and honest relationship, but i do know some of their peers have.

I had my belly piercing for over 10 years and it has been out for 6 years, you'd never know i even had one, there is no visible marking.

My daughter is a bit too young for this to be an issue yet, but this is the approach I plan to take with this issue if she wants it. I pick and choose my battles and there are much bigger things to worry about than an easily hidden piercing.

#25 Ducky*Fuzz

Posted 28 August 2013 - 10:19 PM

I'd say 16, but in your daughters situation I'd probably allow it a few weeks earlier if swimming with a new piercing could cause infections. I wouldn't have a clue if it does or not though.

I'd also rather it be done by a professional and not by someone who would pierce a minor without parental consent!   I'd find out who your daughter is talking about and report them!

I know it is a bit of blackmail on your daughters part which would annoy the crap out of me, but I'd rather the process be done properly and hygienically. I wouldn't trust the dodgy operator at all.




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