Kids' Ear Piercing
Iowa's #1 Kids' Piercers!
We want to make getting your little one's ears pierced a safe and fun experience. Here is a whole pile of information that we have found to be super helpful in making this happen. Please read carefully and let us know if you have any questions!
How do you pierce ears?
As professional piercers, we use sterile single-use piercing needles. This is the cleanest and gentlest way to pierce ears. There are many factors that go into a successful ear piercing. Angle, depth, and accuracy are a few of the technical factors that we take into account. To ensure that the piercings are done correctly and skillfully the first time, we pierce ears one at a time.
How old does my child have to be?
We have found that a minimum age of 5 years is best. At this age they generally have developed the maturity to walk confidently through the process and care for their new piercings responsibly. However, every child is different and the age at which they become ready can vary greatly. We insist on letting them make that decision.
Consults can help!
If your child is nervous about getting their ears pierced (most are!) we suggest booking a consultation a few days to a week before getting their piercing appointment. This FREE visit is intended to build familiarity and confidence. We will show you jewelry options, meet a piercer, and answer any questions regarding ear piercings. We will go over all of the information you will need to make the actual piercing visit as smooth, comfortable, and positive as possible. Nervousness is totally normal and okay, but we want to do everything we can to make your experience awesome.
What kind of jewelry do you use?
The pieces that we carry at Mint are made in the USA and will truly last forever. The best option for healing ear piercings is an implant-grade titanium flat backed stud with the Swarovski gemstones are guaranteed for life.
Can I bring my own jewelry?
In short, the answer is no. One of the most common causes of a problematic piercing is jewelry quality. Most of the readily available jewelry options are cheaply made with low-standard materials. Plated metals, sterling silver, and lesser grade gemstones look fine initially, however degrade rapidly in a new piercing. The metals can corrode in your ear causing potentially major irritations and rejections, and gems can quickly dull or fall out of the setting. Piercing with implant grade, quality jewelry from the onset will greatly increase the chances of you or your child's piercing(s) healing beautifully.
How much does ear piercing cost?
Our piercing fee for both earlobes is $85 plus the cost of jewelry. This price includes a FREE aftercare product and a FREE downsize on post length as the piercings heal. Our titanium flat back studs start at $90 per set. ($175 total before tax and tip)
Notes for the Parents!
Can I bring my other children/friends/family to watch?
While we sometimes think the support of other people will help make a child more comfortable, it can actually have the opposite effect. The more people that are present, the more distraction there is for everyone involve. The piercer needs a quiet, light environment to guide the experience for both you and your child, and this becomes increasingly difficult when more people are present. Only you and your child is ideal.
Children are welcome in the studio but must be accompanied and supervised at all times. If you need to bring other children with, please bring a responsible secondary adult who can watch them in the lobby, or in the car during the piercing. This policy is for the comfort and enjoyment of all fellow clients and staff.
What if my child becomes upset during the piercings?
This is totally okay and certainly happens sometimes. We highly encourage you to let the piercer handle the situation as they see fit. They are very skilled at working with children and are not new to this situation if it arises. They will do everything they can to help your child go through with the piercings, if possible. Sometimes, parents can unknowingly make the situation worse or more tense by stepping in and trying to manage it. You are obviously at liberty to communicate with your child, but sometimes your quiet and calm presence can be your greatest contribution. Our piercers will not force your child to do something they are not comfortable with. It id very important for everyone that we approach these situations with the understanding that if the child is having trouble relaxing, the piercer or piercee, may postpone the visit for a different day, potentially weeks or months down the road. Sometimes this will occur before any piercings have been performed, or even after one ear has been done. It is far better to make another visit than to leave with a traumatic experience. In thee cases, you will not be charged for piercings that have not been performed or jewelry that has not been installed. It is super common for kids to be nervous about getting pierced and sometimes that becomes overwhelming. In some cases, taking away the option to get pierced for a while removes any pressure and will likely increase their resolve to follow through next time. Our piercers will be super clear about what they think is best.