When I was about 14, I got my own ears pierced with a gun at the local mall. Those ended up getting infected and having to be taken out. I got them re-pierced, and then pierced a second time, both with guns. However, when I was 18, I went to the local tattoo parlor to get an industrial piercing.
The piercings didn't hurt like I thought they would, based off the pain I felt when I got my lobes pierced a few years before. I later learned that it probably hurt less than expected because professional piercers use hollow needles that remove a small chuck on skin instead of the gun that's typically used in malls that forces a blunt earring through the ear.
Keegan and I have talked about this topic before, and have decided that our daughter (or son) can get her ears pierced when she is old enough to take care of them with little help from us, and we will be taking her to a reputable tattoo parlor. We want to leave the choice up to her (instead of piercing her when she's a baby,) and we want to use this opportunity as a learning experience, especially if she's going to follow in our footsteps and get more body modifications like tattoos.
Personally, I want to applaud this mother for doing the research and taking the time to learn about a safer way to get her daughter's ears pierced. I'm not condemning mothers who take their kids to the mall; Obviously I went to a mall, as did all of my friends, and no one lost an ear. I can also understand how scary it must be to allow your child to shove metal through their bodies, and most tattoo parlors come off as unwelcoming. However, I would urge parents to look past the scary face of tattoo parlors and do their research to find a clean, reputable piercer in their area as well as researching other cleaning products. With my industrial, I used warm sea salt soaks which felt amazing, unlike the cleaning solution from the mall which burned.
Have you thought about this topic, one way or another? Has anyone else had a bad experience with a mall piercing gun? Are you going to pierce your baby's ears during infancy instead of as a preteen or teenager? I would love to hear your thoughts about this!