I just got done skimming through a young mom's blog, somehow it popped up on my facebook feed and I just thought I'd give it a quick read. Her baby girl is now 5 months old, and in one of her posts she talked about the possibility of piercing her baby's ears. Her argument was that her mother had done it to her when she was a baby too, and she liked it this way because "the baby won't even remember the pain", plus she thinks it's cute. She also claimed that it's smart because apparently, she thinks the baby won't pick at the earrings and try to rip them or whatever, which a slightly older child might.
What do you think?
In my opinion, I think it's completely unnecessary and so superficial. Babies don't need earrings, and I've always strongly opposed altering your baby's appearance without their consent (such as circumcision, piercings etc). Plus, the risk of infection is higher, as a baby's immune system isn't as strongly developed, so it might take a really nasty and potentially dangerous turn. It's just better to wait until the kid is older and let her (or him) decide for herself (himself).
I had my ears pierced when I was a toddler, and I'm okay with my parents' decision to do it at that age, it's not affected me negatively and I'm glad I kind of got it 'over and done with' if that makes sense. I completely understand why people would be against it though. I don't plan on piercing my own child's ears - that's for them to decide on when they get older.
A baby is not a toy. Women (or men) shouldn't treat babies like they're dolls any more than men should treat their guns like they're the same cap/nerf/squirt guns they played with when they were five.
Incidentally, I dated TWO women who didn't get their ears pierced until their twenties. I went with both of them when they had their lobes done. Neither of them cried or suffered complications. To whatever extent all women will want their ears pierced anyway and it will be A THOUSAND TIMES WORSE (!!!) as an adult, it doesn't justify doing it when they are incapable of understanding what's happening and why in my opinion.
I'm strongly against body mutilation... Whether it's just a piercing or even more serious, sircumsizion, it's really not acceptable... Only a sick person would do that... "I think it's cute so I'll get her ears pierced..." It's the same as saying that you might get your child's hand cut of completely because it looks cute... Where I live, the girls rarely get their ears pierced... And many of those whose ears were pierced, don't even wear earrings... The Muslim population usually does it but they don't wear earrings unless there is a wedding or something like that, usually... It's just wrong... Would you be fine if someone heavily sedated you and cut your arm off, and then said it's OK because you didn't feel anything? Exactly... Would you rather have a child that will hate you for doing something without her knowledge? When the child can think properly, and decide what it wants to do with it's body, they can have whatever they want... If they want their nails ripped out, let them have it...
I'm against both female and male circumcision, because I believe it's mutilating a child and I'm pro everything that follows that argument.
Honestly, I don't see piercing a baby girl's ear as that of a big deal, BUT I suppose I'd be a hypocrite to support it as it follows the same principle that circumcision has: You're altering a baby's body, period. Children should decide later on in their lives if they would like to put a piercing and whatnot. This isn't a decision a parent should have. It's not like people won't identify a female baby just because she has no earrings on lol
I'm against it, i think once the child can make that decision with all thought of the consequences then they should be allowed to do it, and if a child does have a passion of want to do it, then the parent should help them through evaluating the good and bad sides of it.
You should have included a poll for women who had it pierced and would have liked to decide for themselves, and for the ones that had to do it in adult life, and see if they'd have preferred to be done as a baby.
I think it's ok because of the pain thing you mentioned. If they don't like it, it closes later right? No biggie. It's just a standard for girls.. I see no harm in it, or need to change it.
This doesn't count obviously: If I was a girl, I'd like it done as a baby because of the pain (hate pain). and it would always be another place to place some beauty items xD
Hell no! That is a criminal assault upon a child. If she/he wants an ear piercing, she/he can arrange it when she/he is of legal age. Further, talk to an acupuncturist about the irreparable harm that ear piercings can do. The ear is like a mini circuitboard of the body's entire nervous system. Punch a hole in the wrong place and the result can be a lifetime of health problems.
Against it. I had my ears pierced when I was young, not a baby, but like 6 or 7 and even at that age I wish that my parents hadn't let me do it. I only did it cause my dad said I would be too much of a baby and I wanted to prove him wrong :P Not really a good reason.
Lol at the comments on here. It's not mutilation. 😂 Personally wish I had mine done as a baby. I had mine first done when I was 5 because I wanted them so bad, but I could barely take care of them and took them in and out when I shouldn't and in the end I had to take them out altogether because of my stupidness. 😑 Later got them done again at like 13 and been loving it since and also got my cartilage done some years ago. :)
Personally I think earrings in the lobes are fine to do on babies, I mean if she hates it when she's older she can simply take it out and let it grow intact again, really not a big deal at all. It's not like circumcision where you have to go through a whole nother operation to get foreskin again. Plus earrings are really not that painful at all. Saying it will hurt the baby, we'll you know what hurt more? Vaccine needles. Sometimes you gotta go through a bit of pain in life, just fucking live with it.
Against it. In fact I think it should be illegal. Whenever I see a baby with pierced ears I think it's ridicoulous
1) It's her body, she should be able to make that decision when she is older. I don't even understand what's going on in parents head, when they poke two little holes into their child? Do they think it makes their baby that much prettier 2) It's sad how early the parents impose their idea of beauty on their baby.
My mom pierced my ears when I was about the same age as the baby in your story. I wish she didn't because I don't even like piercings tbh. If I had a choice in getting a body mod it would be an elf ear body mod. I wish she would have waited until I was older so I could tell her that I don't want piercings.
It's jewelry. It's the parents' choice, and it's only harmful if the piercings are neglected and cleaned improperly. My friends and I had our ears pierced young, and we aren't traumatized from it in the slightest. Is it unnecessary? Yes. But is it mutilation? No. If you don't like it, don't get your baby's ears pierced.
I would not do this to my child. I see babies with earrings all the time and the younger they are, the more I cringe. However, the babies are happy either way so I would never say anything to the parents.
I thought that they do it at that age cause you babies don t feel as much pain. Anyway regardless of that, I don t think it s an issue really and it s not superficial. If the kid doesn t like it she can always remove it and the hole will close...
I don't see the real problem. If the child grows up not to like them then all she gots to do is take them out and the hole will close after a while. My mom had mine done at three years old and I haven't worn them in forever and they've already closed.