Do you think doing this to a child is cruel?

There is much debate among parents, grandparents and everyone in between over a practice that has been around for many
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There is much debate among parents, grandparents and everyone in between over a practice that has been around for many many years. Piercing a child’s ears is something that divides people. Some people think of it as a child cruelty while for others it is a long ingrained cultural tradition.

There are a number of arguments for each side. The main concern is the welfare of the child who at such a young age can not consciously have any input into the decision whether they want it or not. Some people would argue that if it is alright to pierce an infant’s ears where do you draw the line with other beauty treatments like spray tanning, other piercings and tattoos?

While that might seem very extreme, the basis of the argument is that the child can not say no. It is entirely the parent’s choice and with no medical benefit the practice of piercing a child’s ears can be viewed as satisfying the parent’s desire and not because the child wants it.

However on the other side of the argument, culturally, ear piercings can be really significant. In terms of infections, there are less in infants because they are much less likely to play with the piercings than older children. Infections are easily avoidable by rubbing an antibiotic ointment to the infant’s ears twice a day during the healing process. It is also noted that the momentary pain of the initial piercing is short lived.

So the question raised is, do you think piercing an infant or child’s ears is cruel?

  1. only when the child is old enough to freely make this choice.

    • Yvonne Vishnich  

      Only when they are old enough to make their own choice.

  2. It is not a health problem. My daughter was asking for her ears to be pierced from about 4 years old. I made her wait until she was older to ensure she really wanted it done. She got them done for her 10th birthday and has since had a lot of other piercings as well.

  3. It is not a health problem. My daughter was asking for her ears to be pierced from about 4 years old. I made her wait until she was older to ensure she really wanted it done. She got them done for her 10th birthday and has since had a lot of other piercings as well.

  4. I had mine done when I was 18. I made my daughters wait until they were 12. One granddaughter had hers done about 8 and the other 2 as babies. I think they should be old enough to make the decision themselves and understand the complications and implications. Hence-around10 to 12.

  5. I had mine done when I was 18. I made my daughters wait until they were 12. One granddaughter had hers done about 8 and the other 2 as babies. I think they should be old enough to make the decision themselves and understand the complications and implications. Hence-around10 to 12.

  6. Ear piercing has been an “ethnic “tradition for as long as I can remember. Each to their own . We didn’t have daughters but I would have made them wait until they left school, back in the day..

  7. Ear piercing has been an “ethnic “tradition for as long as I can remember. Each to their own . We didn’t have daughters but I would have made them wait until they left school, back in the day..

  8. I had to wait till I was 18 my daughters were 10 when they were done and only because they wanted it.

  9. I had to wait till I was 18 my daughters were 10 when they were done and only because they wanted it.

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