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01-26-2006, 08:07 PM
Does anyone think it is wrong for an 11 1/2 year old to have her belly button pierced?

01-26-2006, 08:29 PM
i wouldn't let my daughters do it that young. i wouldn't let them until they were 17 or 18. and by 18, it's not really "letting" them. jmho though.

01-26-2006, 08:57 PM
I think that might be a little young (in my opinon). They might not do it on an 11 year old. Also, the belly button is very prone to getting infected. No matter how mature the child might be it is still a big responsibility to have them clean it properly.

01-26-2006, 09:02 PM
IMO it's too young. 16 would be the earliest age I would even start to consider it for my daughter. It is a topic of discussion that comes up at my house every once and a while as I have mine pierced. My daughter will be 11 next week, and has a few more years to wait. But, as I tell her, everyone's family is different, has different rules, these are just our family rules.

Good luck!

01-26-2006, 09:09 PM
I definitely would not let her get that done until she's at least 16. As others have mentioned, it's prone to infection... not to mention, why is she wanting this? Is she going to be showing it off to her friends or something? If so, that seems a bit fishy.

01-26-2006, 09:14 PM
I think something like that should be done only when they are old enough to consent to the procedure legally themselves. If you have to sign something because she's too young- she's too young! Ditto for tattoos

01-26-2006, 09:28 PM
My 14 yr wanted one for her 15th B-day I told she could,but told her to think about it .She did and now she don't want to . If I would of said no she would still be asking. She can't stand any pain so she would of made them stop as soon as she felt them start to put it in.

11 1/2 NO WAY

01-26-2006, 09:36 PM
My brother in law is a surgeon ~~ has seen MANY BOTCHED JOBS and hurting girls ~~

My advice ~~ NO! NEVER!! If she wants to when she is an adult ~~ then it is hers to "own".

Just suppose you said OK ~~ then something dreadful happened ~~ just think ~~ just THINK!

01-26-2006, 09:38 PM
15 maybe, 16 probably 17 sure why not... but 11 1/2??? nuu uhhh no way !

01-26-2006, 11:49 PM
I agree with everyone else on this thread, 16???? Maybe....but 18 is a great age.....LOL

01-26-2006, 11:57 PM
Hey, I just thought I'd put in my 2 cents here from a different angle. I wanted my belly button pierced sooo bad and my ultra consertive parents of course said no way. Being a rebelious teenager (at 17) went out and did it with some friends on one random day. I had it pierced for 5 years and recently took it out because it sorta made me feel slutty, and at 23, it sorta looked trashy as well, especially since I'm in a professional occupation.
The downside of this story, after almost a year of having nothing in the hole, it is still there, and is still noticeable. I never had an infection, but after I loose enough weight to wear a 2 piece swimsuit, I will still have a red hole above my belly button. Also, I would question a piercing salon who would actually pierce someone so young. It sounds like a lawsuit waiting to happen.
Sorry it's such a long read, but I hope it helps!

01-27-2006, 12:01 AM
Heck no! Only thing I would allow is pierced ears, maybe even twice. But that would be it!

01-27-2006, 01:03 AM
I honestly don't think a good, clean, professional shop will pierce anyone under 16. At least that was the law in KS. My mom let me get mine done when I was 16, but she got hers done at the same time!

01-27-2006, 09:57 AM
I think 16 is the youngest I would go also. Anything earlier than that and I just dont think it is good for them.

01-27-2006, 10:04 AM
I have several piercings and there would be NO WAY my own daughter or even my stepdaughter (and I'm sure her mum and dad would only agree with me on this) would be allowed that at such a young age.

MAYBE 18, not even 16. Piercing is NOT something to play around with. I would also be sure to go with my daughter or SD so that I knew what kind of place it was that was doing the piercing. The reason there are botched jobs is because any old piercing "shop" thinks they are qualified to do it. Piercing should always be done in sterile conditions by a NEEDLE, not a gun. Just knowing that, my SD would definitely NOT want to get pierced!

I had my navel pierced, I took it out some time ago and it still gets infected from time to time. That's because of the position it has vs. my jeans vs. my weight gain though :)

01-27-2006, 10:14 AM
As someone who had a belly button ring, in my opinion, she is way to young. I had one at 19 in college, and even then it was a chore to keep from getting infected. I have a very high pain tolerance, and it was painful for me, I still say Ive never had anything that painful, Im 29 now, and I was in a car accident that I had my face sewn up, my friend who had it at the same time passed out, and we both have tattoos, and mutliple ear piercings. My dog jumped on me one day grabbed it and ripped it out, so that was the end of that. And let me tell you that didnt hurt as bad, as it did going in. Let her make this decision when she is 18, so you are not to blame.

01-27-2006, 10:59 AM
It's too young. Belly button piercings are meant to be shown off, otherwise why get one? 11 years old is way too young for a piercing down there.

01-27-2006, 11:01 AM
I think it's absolutely too young and I personally would not allow it.

01-27-2006, 11:51 AM
11 1/2? **** yeah that's too young!

01-27-2006, 07:55 PM
way way too young, my husband and I are fairly conservative but i wouldnt object to a nose piercing or ears, they are not overtly sexual, I think that doing it is going to call attention to the childs body, belly button piercing is a more adult piercing and may warrant un needed and un wanted attention at such a young age...not until they are 18 or older...

01-27-2006, 08:53 PM
Way, way too young. I agree with Safiyah. That piercing is about drawing attention to that part of the body, and is generally worn with middriff/low rider jeans and/or bared stomachs so that it can be displayed. You REALLY don't want to go there so young.

I have piercings--I had a lot of piercings at one time (now I'm down to 6 counting 1 in each ear)--and they're a visceral, body-centric thing. They force you to think about and focus your attention on that part of your body, and other peoples' attention focuses there as well. You really don't want your 11 year old facing that sort of thing so young.

01-28-2006, 01:22 PM
IT's true--whether she just wants it to be "cool" or whatever her own personal reasonings are (not that I'm sure it's very well thought-out at 11 years old), that type of piercing sends a message. When I was 19 years old, I got my tongue pierced. I did it because I wanted to do something no one would expect me to do. I liked having it to play with and change colors (and wear glow-in-the-dark ones at parties with blacklights!), but a lot of people were like, "WHY?!" and assumed it was for very, ahem, adult reasons. FYI--that had nothing to do with it, as I was a virgin in every possible way until I was 21 :dizzy: But it shows that certain piercings send a certain message, and I certainly wouldn't want my 11-year old (if I had one) sending any sort of similar type of message.

01-28-2006, 01:32 PM
I don't think it's at all about sending a message...11 is way too young for a piercing period! Can't believe you even have to think about that one. That's about like kids with cell phones, I will never understand why a kid in elementary, or middle school needs one, yet I see them with them all the time. And wearing make-up, dying their hair, etc. trying to be so grown up. High School yes, especially if they work and drive. They have all the time in the world to experience these things.

I didn't even think anyone would do piercings on an 11 year-old! Here for tattoos/piercings it's 16 with consent from a parent.

01-28-2006, 02:05 PM
I don't think it's at all about sending a message...11 is way too young for a piercing period!
I would tend to agree with the exception of ear piercing, which is so commonly accepted that even infants often have it done before they can walk or talk :dizzy: Also, if I had a child, I think I would be slightly less upset (still furious, mind you, but less worried about their intentions) if they came home with an eyebrow or nose piercing as opposed to belly button, tongue, or (God forbid) nipples.

I didn't even think anyone would do piercings on an 11 year-old! Here for tattoos/piercings it's 16 with consent from a parent.
It must be different by state. I had a friend in high school in CT who had a tattoo done (we with her mother and they each got one) when she was only 11 or 12. She got a butterfly on her shoulder, and by the time we were in high school, it was slightly misshapen from having grown so much in those years. I would be afraid the same might happen to a belly button ring--as she grows taller, I'm sure the skin around even her belly button will stretch some, making things even more complicated (or more funny-looking in the future if she decides to take it out!).

01-28-2006, 02:09 PM
What is the purpose of such a young girl having her belly button pierced? Aren't kids sexualized enough at too young an age? I would say no way....she can do it when she is on her own and can pay for it. By then maybe she won't want to anymore.

An 11 year old is not mature enough to make that decision and has no idea what the possible side effects could be...infection, scarring, etc. This is where a parent should protect a child, even if the child hates you for it!!!

01-28-2006, 07:49 PM
right on leslie and Jilly ;)