Parents Guide to Body Piercing

With change in trends and Generation gap seeping in parents may be feeling quite apprehensive about their child resorting to body piercing.

This concern is but natural in parents who love their children.The child however, tends to misunderstand this concern.

The child feels that body piercing is a way to let out one’s individuality. Parents on the other hand find it difficult to understand this expression of individuality and this difference in views leads to clash in opinions.

Children due to this find it hard to relate to parents and Parents find this distancing of their child very disturbing.

Here are some ways parents can overcome their anxiety over the knowledge of their child wanting to get pierced.


Firstly parents should get rid of their bias towards piercing. The good news is that piercing is not something that was invented overnight. Many cultures dating back thousands of years have used piercing and tattoos as a symbol of importance, religious beliefs and yes even as decoration.


When your child asks your permission for getting a part of their body pierced. Do not reprimand them or refuse them instantly. Instead make the child feel heard; you can do this by seeking more information about piercing along with your child through the net or books.


A great way is to talk to other parents who have teenagers with piercing. Chances are they have gone through all the anxiety you may experience and know the answers to many of the questions that are running wild in your mind.


By asking your child to postpone their decision instead of refusing them immediately, you  may help change the child’s decision regarding piercing. The height of risk-taking behavior is between ages 16-18, so if a parent encourages a teen to postpone an impulse, it might not return.


If your child wants a piercing at any cost do not panic instead search for a reputable shop that utilizes single-use needles and an autoclave to sterilize materials. This will prevent health risk of both tattooing and piercing  infections, such as HIV or hepatitis, through unsterilized needles.


Parents keep in mind that belly button piercing in the winter is especially troublesome, since teens often wear clothes that continually irritate the wound and prevent proper healing. So, make sure that your child does not get pierced in winter.

Here are some facts that parents should know about piercing.

Lack of medical sterilization equipment, proper piercing tools and experience typically lead to infections and / or hepatitis.
If you notice that the piercing shop uses a piercing gun to do body piercing go elsewhere. Piercing guns can’t be sterilized and drastically increase the chance of infections.

If you’re going to let your teenager get pierced choose wisely. Take them to a reputable piercing shop that uses state-of-the-art medical equipment and do your homework.

Keep in mind however, that even after piercing is safely done your child is not out of danger. Proper maintenance is required after the piercing is done.

Lack of proper care of body piercing can lead to infection, infection on the other hand can lead to scarring and even blood poisoning.

Some children are sensitive to certain metals and only discover this when they are pierced and have a severe reaction to the jewelry. So, be very careful about the metal your child is intending to use.

If there is someone in your family who is ill and may need blood donations in the near future? And your child’s blood may be required. Then do not get your child pierced. He/she cannot donate blood for one year after getting pierced.

Once you are comfortable with all these facts, give your consent. If you are not, then in a very loving manner explain to the reason to your child.

Your child may or may not accept your decision. Do not be worried about it because you know that whatever you are doing you are doing it for your child’s benefit. And, one day your child will definitely be grateful for it.

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