Newborn Ear Piercing: What You Need to Know

Ear piercing is popular with people of all ages and genders around the world. In some cultures, new mothers are presented with gold earrings for their newborn to be pierced before leaving the hospital. Although newborn ear piercing can be a controversial topic, it’s important to note that babies are pierced safely every day. If you’re thinking about getting your baby or young child’s ears pierced, you may be wondering…

How old does my baby need to be to get his or her ears pierced? Is it safe to have their ears pierced this young?

There are many factors to consider before making the decision to have your baby’s ears pierced. Whatever reason has led you to researching this topic, it’s important to note that at Inverness, we always recommend parents work with their pediatrician to make an educated choice and consider all of the factors before having their baby’s ears pierced.

Ultimately, this is a personal decision, and there really is no “right” age at which a person can have their ears pierced.

Each ear piercing provider will have their own policy concerning minimum piercing age, but we recommend that you make your decision with the guidance of your child’s pediatrician. In most cases, pediatricians will say the earliest you should consider having your baby’s ears pierced is after their first DPT vaccination which is usually administered at 8 weeks.

Based on our experience with this subject, we recommend that parents thinking about a newborn or infant ear piercing consider the following:

Research your piercing location options. Make sure to choose a location that carries the safe and sterile Inverness Ear Piercing System. Only Inverness piercing earrings have our patented Safety Back™ to shield your little one from the earring’s sharp piercing tip.

Ask how the piercing will be performed. Consider an ear piercing location that has experience performing a double piercing where two associates are available to pierce your child’s ears simultaneously. This makes the process easier for both children and their parents. The Inverness System is ideal for babies because it is not only safe and gentle, but also extremely fast and quiet.

Follow the Aftercare Instructions provided at your ear piercing. To ensure that a new ear piercing heals safely, it must be kept clean and dry. Always wash your hands before touching your baby’s ear or earring. If the piercing looks red or swollen, see your pediatrician immediately, and follow their instructions.

Celebrate this special milestone! Bring your camera & other family members to help record the happy event. We hope you will share your Piercing Story with us by sending it to

Whenever you choose to have your child’s ears pierced, you can count on Inverness to provide a reliable, safe and gentle ear piercing system that provides parents and children with true peace of mind piercing.