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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
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Anonymous
by Anonymous 7 on Jan. 8, 2013 at 3:17 PM

 No, I wouldn't have my baby's ears pierced but that 's just me.

I wouldn't pierce anyone's ears...I leave the piercings up to a professional in a store or a doctor's office. I got mine pierced in 1969 by a Doctor. My daughters were in their teens when I took them to the Mall and they got their ears pierced.

Why does everyone say they will pierce their kids' ears? You don't.Anyway, if you care about your kids you don't do the piercing yourself.You get a professional to do it.

 Back in the 19th century when my grandma was a teen ( I think about 1890 ) she and her sister pierced each other's ears using a cork , a large embroidery needle and an ice cube to numb the earlobe and a string to keep the hole open. When she told me I felt kind of nauseated.

LoveOfSign
by on Jan. 8, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Eh to each their own, I just wouldn't do it. I'm not going to bitch if someone else does though.

mary841108
by on Jan. 8, 2013 at 3:19 PM

 omg thats how i pierced my belly button when i was 13! LOL it hurt like a mother f-er! haha.

Quoting Anonymous:

 No, I wouldn't have my baby's ears pierced but that 's just me.

I wouldn't pierce anyone's ears...I leave the piercings up to a professional in a store or a doctor's office. I got mine pierced in 1969 by a Doctor. My daughters were in their teens when I took them to the Mall and they got their ears pierced.

Why does everyone say they will pierce their kids' ears? You don't.Anyway, if you care about your kids you don't do the piercing yourself.You get a professional to do it.

 Back in the 19th century when my grandma was a teen ( I think about 1890 ) she and her sister pierced each other's ears using a cork , a large embroidery needle and an ice cube to numb the earlobe and a string to keep the hole open. When she told me I felt kind of nauseated.

 

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jjchick75
by Gold Member on Jan. 8, 2013 at 3:19 PM
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I say to each their own. I had my oldest daughters ears done at 3 months. She didn't even cry really and they've never been an issue and I have no regrets. I have twins and I was going to do their ears as babies as well but they played with each others ears so much I decided it wasn't a good idea. They are 2 and have already asked about it and I'm considering having it done for them soon.

Pooobaihr
by Platinum Member on Jan. 8, 2013 at 3:19 PM

No I don't think its wrong.

Fields456
by Ruby Member on Jan. 8, 2013 at 3:19 PM
Lol.


Quoting mary841108:

 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.




 



 


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MakenzisMom0511
by Member on Jan. 8, 2013 at 3:29 PM

 i pierced my now 20 month olds years when she was 2 months old and I am glad I did she only cried for a min. and i cleaned them and took care of them and she never knew they were they and didnt play with them or nothing. i will be piercing my 2 month old daughters ears within the next couple of weeks as well.

To each their own, my parents didnt pierce mine until i was older when i wanted then and it hurt and i rememered it and it was not good i just wanted my children to have it done while they wouldnt remember.........

gingerwife
by Member on Jan. 8, 2013 at 3:31 PM
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Yes, I feel its wrong. Why put your child through that pain for your own selfish reasons? Its their body, your child is not a doll.
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Sassy762
by CAFE SASSY HBIC on Jan. 8, 2013 at 3:33 PM

I personally won't do it....


azpreemiemom
by on Jan. 8, 2013 at 3:33 PM
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It should be their decision to decide when they are older. Not to mention that it is a choking hazard when they are old enough to pull on them.

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