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Samantha M., too, would like to get her 3-month-old daughter's ears pierced but is not sure when or where to get it done. Before getting your baby's ears pierced, many readers recommend you consult your pediatrician. Once your doctor has given the "all clear," then moms generally recommend you pierce your baby's ears at a young age. For these reasons, readers recommend that if you don't pierce your baby's ears when she's an infant, wait until she's a tween or teen and asks for it. During the actual piercing, several readers recommended going to a shop where two staff people can perform the piercings on each earlobe at the same time.
Once the piercings are done, remember to keep the holes clean, and monitor your baby for any allergic reactions. If you're really concerned about an allergic reaction, talk to your baby's pediatrician to get more information — or wait until another time, Brittny C.
David and Victoria Beckham caused a stir when they had their son Romeo’s ears pierced at the tender age of just 2 years old (Socialite Life).
Their first common argument is that parents do lots of things to children that they think are best despite not necessarily being what the child wants, and ear piercing falls into this category. The second argument given by pro-piercing parents is that it is often difficult to tell whether a baby is a boy or a girl. Secondly and more importantly, by piercing, parents are exposing their babies to a greater risk of infection and malformation.
Moreover, the risk of aspiration and ingestion of earring parts is at its highest with babies and young children (Becker. It is unsurprising that infections are the most commonly reported complications associated with piercing.
Sometimes an infection is so severe that a doctor will recommend that the piercing heal and close up, which can lead to keloid formation.
What’s more, not all ear-piercing businesses have suitable equipment or staff trained in working with babies and young children. Aside from the substantial health risks, piercing a baby’s ears before they have had a chance to grow can lead to embarrassing lopsided holes later in life. As for the contention that ear piercings are synonymous with vaccinations because they both pierce the skin and cause pain – I argue that this is nonsensical. One of the biggest issues in the piercing debate, and arguably the most important, is the question of consent.
The continued and widespread piercing of babies and young children is evidence that Britain continues to ignore the rights of children despite ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child back in 1991.
Throughout their life, people who are pierced as babies have a permanent reminder that their parents had no respect for their bodily autonomy. Furthermore, if vanity has any place at all in the lives of babies surely it should not extend to putting a needle and a piece of metal into their bodies. It follows that to prohibit the piercing of babies and young children is to violate religious and cultural rights.
The idea of parents piercing their baby's ears underlies the more worrying concept of parents imposing ideals on their children and treating them as accessories. The fact that we are talking about a vulnerable group such as babies who cannot speak up for themselves makes this an appropriate area for legislation.
While I won't go so far as to say piercing is abuse, I will say that any body modification that is unnecessary is wrong.
They both have something in common; neither seeks the consent of the subject, and both have a risk of severe harm. My daughter was 10 months when we chose to get her ears pierced and she never cried at all. Ear piercing is not necessary but you will see later on in life that most girl will want to have earrings especially in their teens but are always afraid to get their ears pierced. Both 10-year-old Rowan Quinn (left) and her 7-year-old sister, Aubrey, say they like having their ears pierced.
She wasn’t as certain about when to do it, but the rural Wheatland mom said she opted to have her daughters’ ears pierced when they were about 3 years old.
Tracy Frank is a SheSays, Variety, and Farmer's Forum reporter for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.
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Yet if you're sold on the idea of getting your baby some bling, here are four tips to make it as pain- and problem-free as possible. He or she will be the best professional to assess whether your baby's ears are a suitable size for earrings. An infant is less likely to tug on her ears, so it makes the holes less noticeable and easier to clean, Melissa O.
Are moms so worried that their girl may be mistaken for a boy that they have to take their kids to get their ears pierced?
I think inflicting pain on a child of any age without a sound medical reason for it is absolutely wrong.
However Romeo Beckham may be considered geriatric compared to many babies whose parents pierce their ears before they even leave the maternity ward.

Examples given include pinning down a child to change its nappy, brushing a child’s hair against their will, and changing the outfit of a protesting child.
Thus according to this argument, parents can actually save their child from the distress and pain they would otherwise experience if they got their ears pierced at an older age. Lacerations may occur after falls, rough and tumble play, or accidental pulling of an earring (Meltzer. It makes me shudder when I see parents taking their babies to Claire’s Accessories to be butchered by a 17 year old Saturday girl with a weekend training certificate. Vaccinations are arguably for the benefit of the baby based on centuries of scientific research. A baby who has their ears pierced and grows up with earrings has no memory of the procedure, and no opportunity to protest. Article Three of the Convention stipulates that the best interests of children must be the primary concern in making decisions that may affect them. To those who argue that ear piercing is not permanent, and that the earrings can be removed so that the holes close up; Firstly, a baby cannot ask for the earrings to be removed.
When a child is old enough to understand that the process costs money, that there will be pain, and that regular and diligent aftercare is required, then they can make an informed choice. They contend that the abuse word is thrown around too lightly and that it is doubtful that any child who has had their ears pierced will grow up to think they have been abused by their parents. Causing unnecessary pain to a child so they can look a desired way is questionable parenting at the very least. With modern sterility and medication these risks may now be tiny but they are still unnecessary risks. The reason I highlighted female circumcision is that it is more widely recognised as barbaric despite being culturally subscribed. Why not completely forbid your daughter from getting them pierced forever if you think this way? My son is circumcised, and it was done because his foreskin was literally cutting off his circulation to his penis. I do think that it is medically risky to pierce a newborn's ears- too many complications in my mind. Additionally, a pediatrician should determine what vaccines your child should need prior to piercing. If you wait until your child is between 4 and 6 years old, it's more challenging to keep their hands clean and away from the holes as they heal, she explained.
Dressing a child is a basic prerequisite of healthy childhood and refraining from doing so regularly would be classed as neglect.
Equivalence with vaccinations is suggested in that they are a momentary pain in infancy to save the child from later pain.
The younger the child is, the weaker their defence system, so they are more at risk of an infection, and less likely to cope as well if they do get one. Contact sensitivity to gold and localized argyria, a skin discoloration resulting from silver salts, have also been widely reported (Hendricks. They occur when the body over-defends itself and goes overboard, leading to large scar tissue. For instance, despite ear-piercing guns not being recommended for piercing babies’ ears, they are the most commonly used tool. If a baby were able to be asked whether it wanted ear piercings, it would most definitely say NO. Waiting until a child is old enough to comprehend such issues teaches them personal responsibility and such an approach can be applied to all sorts of other life choices in various forms. In response to this argument, I would like to highlight that there is a spectrum of abuse, with torture at one end, and perhaps light smacking at the other. If we consider a rights hierarchy, which features religious rights, I would contend that the right to be free from physical harm features higher in the hierarchy than the right to religion. Ear piercing of babies and young children cannot be claimed to be in the immediate best interest of the child, and given the risk of permanent damage it seems questionable whether it should be within the protected area of parental discretion. While pierced ears can be considered very attractive, no one can consider it their right to make a permanent, painful, risky cosmetic decision concerning another person's body, even if that person is their infant child. Sam could be said for corporal punishment and other things we commonly accept as being abusive. But my pharmacist said to wait until 1 year, because if it's done while she's too small the holes might be skew later on. Some mall jewelry stores, for instance, require parents to show their child's shot records before piercing, Ciera W. Circumcision at least has a religious reason and helps keep the little guy's nether region cleaner, but there is just no reason to pierce a baby's ears except the mothers vanity. Some infants have needed general anaesthesia and the operating room to have such earrings extracted (Baby Zone). As their fragile immune systems are prone to infection, if they become seriously ill, a baby with blood poisoning is in grave danger of losing their life (Piercing Claims Specialist).
In their worst from keloids can be ugly disfigurements that embarrass a child as they grow older. The gun is very tight against the swollen earlobe, and the shaft is ridged creating an ideal place for pus and scabs to accumulate. Secondly, whether piercings become permanent depends on a range of factors unique to the individual, such as the intensity of the ear tissue as well as the ability of each individuals healing rate. This is notwithstanding that piercing a baby’s nose, eyebrow, tongue, lip, navel, etc is perfectly legal. In fact, the European Convention on Human Rights recognises that some rights trump others in this manner. And male circumcision is DEFINITELY something practiced around the world for cultural and religious reasons-- far more than female circumcision.

It is parents' responsibility to make sure their children make informed decisions for themselves regarding their appearance, which only the children themselves have a right to make. My mom said I didn't even cry when the doctor used a single needle (not a piercing gun).
Secondly it could be argued that, as ear piercing disproportionately affects girls, it exacerbates gender inequality. Playmates can also be a danger and can rip the earrings out without realising the pain they will cause” (Piercing Claims Specialist).
This is yet more worrisome when one considers that many newborns are pierced before they even have their first tetanus vaccination.
These are hard to turn, and when turned often pull away the healing scabs, leaving newly exposed raw areas so healing takes longer. The holes also become permanent when a fistula is created by scar tissue forming around the initial earring. Some have argued that it is wrong to weaken the concept of abuse by including ear piercing within its parameters.
Female circumcision is widely and rightly recognised as a barbaric breach of human rights, despite the fact that the practice is religiously and culturally subscribed in some communities. If you deliberately hurt a child for no reason other than vanity then how can it be anything else? And yes it does snip away thousands of nerves that are suppose to give a more sexually gratifying experiencing for the adult male.I MUST ask you to blog entry on male circumcision and your opinion. I took one set out and couldn't get them back in a month later after having them pierced for 12 years! Abuse is not defined by the motivation of the abuser, abuse is defined by the action of the abuser and the experience of the abused. Bonnie Kvistad, Sanford Children’s pediatrician, said the American Academy of Pediatrics doesn’t have a specific age recommendation for piercing ears.“Some will say as a guideline to wait until the child is old enough to take care of the pierced site himself or herself,” she said. More important than records is the advice of a doctor, who can assess when your child is healthy and has enough immunity built up to decrease the chance of infection. Babies and small children are less aware of their bodies, so for example, a toddler who likes to throw her head to floor when she has a tantrum, wouldn't be considering the risk of banging her pierced ear and causing it to break the skin or worse. In addition, the combination of the trauma inherent in the piercing process together with the ongoing presence of a foreign body furthers the risk of infection (Trupiano. No baby would want to be put through it, and as adults' role is to protect and care for their offspring, pro-piercing parents are abusing their baby’s trust.
I like that you talk of abuse as something that happens on a spectrum and this made me look at the way in which I treat my beautiful gifts when I get angry with them.
Alecia D.'s doctor, for example, told her to wait a couple of weeks after the 2-month vaccines. It is for this reason that many daycare centres, nurseries and schools forbid the wearing of earrings.
If your child is pierced with a gun, there’s a higher risk for her to contract hepatitis or another type of infection (Nguyen. It removes most of the nerve cells in the penis and can lead to sexual difficulties later on.
Amber A.'s doctor was more conservative, asking Amber to wait until her daughter was 6 months old. Such a break in the integrity of the skin can expose an infant to the danger of local infections such as cellulitis and abscesses as well as to systemic infection (Stirn.
Ear piercing is also mentioned in the Bible and for some Christians is said to be a sign of faith. A study in Norway showed that only 1 in 40,000 men actually needed a medical circumcision done. And parents, or the child if she is old enough, should clean the site frequently with alcohol. A pediatrician often can provide additional assistance by performing the piercing, Jennifer P. Guns are used hundreds of times and there is a significant chance of blood to blood contact (Rosenberg. Even if I grew up hating having my ears pierced, then I just wouldn't wear earrings, simple. Common causes of infection include if the equipment used was not sterile, if the earrings used have dirty posts, or if the earrings are clasped too tightly. Anatomic variations, such as blood supply to the site, can contribute to an increased risk of infection after piercing, therefore there is no way a parent can predict exactly how their baby’s body will respond.
If someone with AIDS or other disease was pierced with the same gun the parent is subjecting their baby to the chance of contracting that disease. Then why not wait to name your child just in case they don't like the name you give them. And isn't just dressing your baby in the typical blue for boy and pink for girl just as vain and unnecessary? And for those who compare it to female mutilation or other forms of child abuse, getting your ears pierced does not come close to these horrifying, life long traumatizing acts. And no I did not grow up to be vain and superficial just because I had my ears pierced as a baby.

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