Parenting Advice: Would You Let Your Teen Get Her Nose Pierced

Need parenting advice on Piercings and teenagers?! Many teens are getting more than just their ears pierced and parents have very different thoughts on this topic. Check out our thoughts on this subject and tell us yours!

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When my boyfriend’s daughter was 13, he took her to a tattoo parlor to get her first facial piercing (aside from her ears). It was a tiny little stud in her right nostril. Nothing too innocuous. It actually looks really cute on her! Still, I had very mixed feelings about piercings and teenagers! I tried to keep my feelings to myself. After all, he is her father and her mom had signed off on it as well.  My boyfriend has 13 tattoos and used to have multiple piercings. Apparently his ex-wife also has quite a few, so piercings and teenagers isn’t a “big deal” to them the way it is to me.

I thought 13 was too young to have extra holes punched into her flesh. Sure, it’s not quite the same as a tattoo. Piercings can be taken out and left to close up if she decides she no longer likes them. Still, the former nursing student in me worries about things like infection, scarring, hygiene and hitting vital nerves in the face. She’s such a pretty girl and I didn’t want to see something go wrong.  My boyfriend had reasons for his decision and I respect them. I don’t like to give him parenting advice when he’s been a parent longer than I have.

Parenting advice from our Readers  on Piercings and Teenagers
We asked OurFamilyWorld Facebook fans what they thought about teenagers and piercings. I wanted to know if I was alone in my opinion. I wasn’t really surprised to find that many other parents said “no way” to letting their teenagers get piercings. I was a little surprised, though, at the number of parents who really seem to have no problem with it!

I’m totally not judging. I don’t have super strong feelings about this topic and believe that every parent knows their child best. Personally, I agree with Jodi, our reader who said no one would ever be able to convince her that it’s not a breeding ground for bacteria.

See, that’s really my only major concern. I think piercings and tattoos look great on other people when done correctly. I think my boyfriend’s daughter looks absolutely adorable with her nostrils pierced (she got the other one done recently). To me, it has nothing to do with the way it looks. I’ve been a punk rock girl most of my life. My hair was dyed strange colors way before it became a social norm.  I personally have no piercings or tattoos simply because I’m afraid of pain! I just want to make it clear that as far as looks go, I’m totally good with piercings. Yet I can’t get past the worry of something going terribly wrong.

What do you think about piercings and teenagers? Would you allow your young teen to get a facial piercing? Why or why not? We want to hear your parenting advice on this topic!

 

8 thoughts on “Parenting Advice: Would You Let Your Teen Get Her Nose Pierced”

  1. I agree with the choice my parents made with me. I have always had an appeal towards tattoos and piercings, much in contrast to my parents who have no tattoos and a mom with only her lobes pierced. They decided that I could get my lobes pierced at age 10 (they felt that was when I would be responsible for cleaning them at that age), and then when I was sixteen allowed me to get my cartilage pierced. As for anything else (including additional ear piercings) They would not “sign off on.” In other words I had to wait till I was 18. I am 19 now and have my nose pieced along with my rook, whole cartilage, and an industrial. They have no problems with any of them.

  2. I have my belly button done and have to wear gold due to metal allergies. Would I do it again, probably not. I have had my piercing for over 8 years now. I wouldn’t allow my children to get their nose or another part of their body pierced until they are adults. If they are like me they probably also have a small allergy to traditional metals and I don’t want to deal with infections because they don’t know how to properly take care of it.

    I remember after I had mine done it hurt for a few days and I had to keep it clean to avoid getting an infection.

  3. I have had my nose pierced (as an adult) twice. There are a couple reasons why it is out of the question for my teens until they are adults. First of all- infection. Yes, you have a hole in your face…in the region known as the triangle of death, because an infection there can go straight to your brain and kill you. Both times I had a piercing, it required a lot of upkeep and cleaning, especially at first. Do I want to leave that to the person that can’t remember to pick their socks up? And, at the ripe old age of 27 with my second piercing, mine accidentally got ripped out when it caught on a blanket and I ended up with a small tear and an infection. Not good. My other reason I wouldn’t allow my teen to make this choice is because I want them to be old enough to decide if they want to deal with having a scar in that spot for the rest of their life if they remove it. I do. It is small, granted, but it is a hole in my nose that frequently gets plugged and then develops a pimple. Never mind that a lot of jobs, schools and sports do not allow teens to have them in and nose piercings close very fast. I have told my daughter she has to wait until she is an adult.

    1. I completely agree with you on the part about letting someone who can’t even remember to pick up socks be responsible for ensuring they don’t get a life-threatening infection. That is my biggest worry about the whole thing.

  4. I would. There are worse things in my opinion. Hoops and such, I would protest because I think young girls just don’t look good with spikes, hoops and whatever else coming out of their face. But a little stud I would be fine with. Also the nice thing about a nose piercing is when they get tired of it, it closes right up and you can’t even tell there was ever a piercing there. (I mean super quickly.. mine closed within a couple of hours). As far as the worry about something going wrong… research and talk to friends who have gotten piercings and find a good place that people trust and you know is clean… and your mind will be at ease.

    1. Wow, I didn’t know they closed up THAT fast! I think the smartest thing my boyfriend did was take his daughter to a very reputable place. The lady who did it spent a lot of time explaining things to her and making sure she understood how to keep it from getting infected.

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