It’s a personal decision. Whether you want to pierce your baby’s ears or not, it’s all up to you. No one else can make that decision but you.
Piercing your baby’s ears becomes a hard decision to make since there’s just too much fuss about it. The debate about it goes on and on, with some folks calling to ban such practice.
According to abcnews.go.com:
An online petition with thousands of supporters is calling for a ban on baby ear piercing.
The source adds that Susan Ingram, the creator of the online petition, has this to say:
Severe pain and fear is inflicted upon infants unnecessarily. It serves no purpose other than to satisfy the parent’s vanity. Other forms of physically harming children are illegal — this should be no different.
Susan Ingram is not alone. Aside from the fact that her online petition has garnered about 60,000 signatures, other moms have shared their thoughts on piercing baby’s ears as well.
While some moms think that ear piercing is a form of child abuse, Ashley Austrew of scarymommy.com has this to say about it:
… ear piercing isn’t the same thing as child abuse. Yes, it hurts about as much as a vaccination, and no, it’s not a necessary modification. That still doesn’t make it cruel or abusive. At worst, it’s a controversial decision that might be better saved for when a child is older, but even then, there’s nothing wrong with a parent deciding to go ahead and do it while their child is still a toddler.
According to the American Academy of Pediatric’s site, healthychildren.org, ear piercing is safe for cosmetic reasons at any age. They say:
If the piercing is performed carefully and cared for conscientiously, there is little risk, no matter what the age of the child. However, as a general guideline, postpone the piercing until your child is mature enough to take care of the pierced site herself.
With all these strong views on piercing baby’s ears, making the decision to do such a thing becomes a challenge. Should you or shouldn’t you do it? To help you decide on this matter, consider these 7 crucial factors before doing so. Turn to the next page to learn more.