"To pierce, or not to pierce?" - that seems to be a baffling question for moms allover the world. When it comes to infants and toddlers, should ear piercing be banned? Parents allover the world are petitioning to stop the trend of baby ear piercing.
At one point in time it was completely normal to have a little girl's ear pierced. Actually, it was pretty much expected. Now it seems moms allover the world are against this previous fashion trend. Some moms state that ear piercing is pure "child cruelty", but the issue has been debated for quite some time. Girls can have their ears pierced at the hospital almost instantly after birth in different cultural places like South America, India and Egypt. Here in Canada, our little girls will need their two month shots before most piercing salons will go through with piercing her little ears. Most Canadian and US medical experts will agree that the procedure is safe and has the same pain threshold as an ordinary vaccination needle. However, there are risks that the piercing can get an infection - but that could easily be treated.
I think some people find a baby with pierced ears is abhorrent. Parents allover the world have been finding that piercing their little ears would be similar to getting a tattoo or circumcision. Some feel the decision should be left to the child - when they are old enough to maturely decide. Are you comfortable making that decision for your child, or should the ear piercing be left for their teen years? Other parents say that they can't imagine putting their little girl through that pain for vanity reasons, which I can agree with. I myself sob when my son cries from the pain of a vaccination needle. Do you feel that piercing their ears is severe pain and fear that is inflicted unnecessarily? Kim Kardashian didn't feel it was unfit to pierce her baby daughter's ears. Baby North sports big gold earrings - as a gift for her first birthday.
I have personally had my ears pierced since I was about 4 months old. I have two sets of earring holes in each ear, too. I can't remember any pain associated with my earrings, even as a young child. It was just the norm for me. I love wearing earrings now, but I honestly don't know if I would pierce an infant's ears.
So Moosers, should ear piercing for babies and toddlers be banned? Let us know in the comments below.