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What do you think? Is it wrong to pierce a baby's ears?

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Parents Who Pierce Their Baby's Ears Are Just Plain Cruel

Posted by The Stir Bloggers on January 8, 2013 

little earEarlier this morning, I came across a discussion over the argument of whether or not to pierce a baby's ears. A disgruntled reader wrote to the Dear Mary Ann column at the Pittsburgh Post Gazette voicing her opinion on the issue -- she thinks it's borderline child abuse.

And you know what? I think I have to agree with her on this one. Because piercing a baby girl's ears not only seems mean and cruel to me -- it also just seems so vain and unnecessary.

Here you have this perfect little angel who is sugar and spice and everything nice -- and you want to go pierce two tiny holes through her earlobes and cause her pain simply because you think she'll look cute in a pair of heart-shaped studs?

Yes, I know putting it that way sounds a little bit extreme, but it's a pretty accurate description. 

My mother took me to get my ears pierced when I was in the fourth grade, I believe -- and I still remember how bad it hurt when that piercing gun went through my skin. And I also remember what a pain it was to keep my earlobes clean and to turn the earrings every day so the holes wouldn't close up.

If it was that bad for a fourth grader (who willingly got her ears pierced), I can't even imagine what a drag having pierced ears must be for a baby.

And that brings us to the whole problem of ear pulling. Aren't parents afraid that their poor baby girls are going to reach up to itch the fresh wounds on their earlobes -- only to accidentally pull out the earring and hurt themselves further in the process? (It could happen.) Or what if they get infected?

I know it's fun to have a little girl and dress her up and all that, but piercing her ears before she even knows how to stand up just seems so ridiculous to me, in addition to being pretty inhumane.

Heck, it's bad enough when we have to take our babies to the doctor to get a shot, and that's necessary for their health. Why on earth would ANY parent subject their little one to having needles stuck in her for the sake of vanity?

What do you think? Is it wrong to pierce a baby's ears?

by on Jan. 8, 2013 at 2:39 PM
Replies (51-60):
ColleenF30
by Lube Girl on Jan. 8, 2013 at 3:07 PM
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I believe it is wrong specially with a piercing gun. Hallow piercing needle when they are old enough to ask and understand it is a forever change to their body (even if they close which a piercing done properly shouldn't it leaves scar tissue). Let the child choose what alterations to make to their body.

mary841108
by on Jan. 8, 2013 at 3:07 PM

 it's worse when they are older. I got my dd's done when she was a few months and she slept thru it! i couldnt believe it! then my husbands cousins DD wanted hers done for her 7th birthday, i asked her mom and i took her. she only got one done and wouldnt let them do the other, it took 2 hours to convince her that she had to get the other done. omg it was hell! i am so never taking a kid over 5 months to get theirs done again LOL!!!! at least with my daughter they did both at once. one chick was on one side and the other was on the opposite it was 1 2 3 done. she didnt even flinch!

Quoting Fields456:

Well said and I agree. My dd is almost 7 and we are about to take her to get them done


Quoting AngeLnChainZ:

Personally it's not something I would ever do.. But I am not going to judge anothers choice to do it for their child.


 

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AleaKat
by on Jan. 8, 2013 at 3:08 PM
I don't really agree with it but then again both my boys are circumsized so to day I'm against it would make me a huge hypocrite .
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Fields456
by Ruby Member on Jan. 8, 2013 at 3:09 PM
I got mine done at 8 and once I saw the gun I wouldn't let them touch me. I ended up going back the next day lol but it's one of those mother daughter things I remember. I'm taking her to get it done at a piercing studio and I and going to get one done first and if she freaks we will just go back whenever she is ready


Quoting mary841108:

 it's worse when they are older. I got my dd's done when she was a few months and she slept thru it! i couldnt believe it! then my husbands cousins DD wanted hers done for her 7th birthday, i asked her mom and i took her. she only got one done and wouldnt let them do the other, it took 2 hours to convince her that she had to get the other done. omg it was hell! i am so never taking a kid over 5 months to get theirs done again LOL!!!! at least with my daughter they did both at once. one chick was on one side and the other was on the opposite it was 1 2 3 done. she didnt even flinch!


Quoting Fields456:

Well said and I agree. My dd is almost 7 and we are about to take her to get them done



Quoting AngeLnChainZ:


Personally it's not something I would ever do.. But I am not going to judge anothers choice to do it for their child.



 


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mary841108
by on Jan. 8, 2013 at 3:12 PM

 lol now i know why his cousin didnt want to take her kid herself. i dont smoke but i needed a cigarette and a strong drink after that! lol (of course i didnt but damn, a smoke and a few shots of Jack for the nerves would have been lovely)

Quoting Fields456:

I got mine done at 8 and once I saw the gun I wouldn't let them touch me. I ended up going back the next day lol but it's one of those mother daughter things I remember. I'm taking her to get it done at a piercing studio and I and going to get one done first and if she freaks we will just go back whenever she is ready


Quoting mary841108:

 it's worse when they are older. I got my dd's done when she was a few months and she slept thru it! i couldnt believe it! then my husbands cousins DD wanted hers done for her 7th birthday, i asked her mom and i took her. she only got one done and wouldnt let them do the other, it took 2 hours to convince her that she had to get the other done. omg it was hell! i am so never taking a kid over 5 months to get theirs done again LOL!!!! at least with my daughter they did both at once. one chick was on one side and the other was on the opposite it was 1 2 3 done. she didnt even flinch!


Quoting Fields456:

Well said and I agree. My dd is almost 7 and we are about to take her to get them done



Quoting AngeLnChainZ:


Personally it's not something I would ever do.. But I am not going to judge anothers choice to do it for their child.



 


 

Cleaning tips, baking recipes, dinner recipes, kids crafts, crafts for the bored mama and more at:


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itsm3
by Platinum Member on Jan. 8, 2013 at 3:13 PM

it's only wrong if YOU think it's wrong.

birthymom4
by on Jan. 8, 2013 at 3:14 PM
Quoting mary841108:




When my DD asked to get hers done, they did them both at the same time...she cried for 10 seconds. Then they handed her a mirror and she was all smiles.



 

mary841108
by on Jan. 8, 2013 at 3:16 PM

 lol lucky! there was only one girl working so she had to do them one at a time, this kid flipped out! even after she said they were pretty but it hurt LOL! thank god my dd was a baby and slept thru it.

Quoting birthymom4:

Quoting mary841108:




When my DD asked to get hers done, they did them both at the same time...she cried for 10 seconds. Then they handed her a mirror and she was all smiles.

 

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motha2daDuchess
by Silver Member on Jan. 8, 2013 at 3:16 PM
I pierced my dd's ears when she was 6 months old, after her cardiologist gave the ok. she cried for about a minute maybe.
stargaze281
by Silver Member on Jan. 8, 2013 at 3:16 PM

I dont think its right to get a babies ears pierced. I would rather wait until she asks for earings, when she is older.

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