Thinking of getting your little one’s ears pierced? We’ve rounded up the doctors, tattoo parlors, and classic mall hot spots that will pierce children’s ears in and around the district.

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The doctor will see you now
Want to have your child’s ears pierced by a medical professional? Start with your own pediatrician. Many will perform piercings for patients, although you will likely have to make a separate appointment.

If yours doesn’t offer this, try Potomac Pediatrics in Rockville where one doctor is open for piercing on Wednesdays between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Piercing is by appointment only but open to patients and non-patients alike. The office also offers numbing cream by prescription or applied in the office. For an alternate option, try DC Derm Docs, a well-known local dermatologist specializing in cosmetic and general medical dermatology. They offer ear piercing to patients of all ages using a brand of earrings only available to medical professionals.

Potomac Pediatrics
15204 Omega Dr. (Rockville, Md)

DC Derm Docs
1828 L St. NW (Farragut North)

To the tattoo parlor
Contrary to the images that may spring to mind, a tattoo parlor can be a clean, friendly, safe place for ear piercing. And, if you’d prefer a needle piercing, it may be the only place to go. Check out MR B’s Tattoo & Body Piercing in Baltimore where children and walk-ins are welcome.

Mr. B’s Tattoo & Body Piercing
7554 Bel Air Rd. (Baltimore, Md)

A day at the spa
For a more sparkly experience for your girly-girl, check out Sweet & Sassy, a little girl’s spa and salon in Leesburg. Earrings and a little kit to commemorate the event are included in the price of piercing. Stay tuned on their calendar—sometimes a few familiar princesses stop by to perform the piercings.

Sweet & Sassy
1601 Village Market Blvd. SE (Leesburg, Va)

See you at the mall
Well known piercing experts Claire’s and Piercing Pagoda are well represented in our area, with one or the other at just about every mall or shopping area. Drop-ins are welcome and both are well set up to manage the excitement and anticipation of children’s ear piercing.

Union Station, Pentagon City, Tysons Corner, National Harbor

Piercing Pagoda
Lakeforest Mall, Potomac Mills, Montgomery Mall

Where did your little one get their ears pierced? Tell us in the comments section below.

–Tricia Mirchandani