Would you pierce your toddler’s ears?

I took Madame swimming this morning at a place we’d never been before.  It was great. However, I saw an inordinate number of toddlers with earrings, not just studs but loopy ones.  I really don’t know what possesses people to do such things.  It strikes me as being a bit barbaric and possibly against the child’s free will.   Does it really matter if people mistake your little girl for a boy???

I have nothing against piercings and I have had quite a few myself, but this is something I chose to do when I was a bit older.  If Madame wants to get her ears pierced when she’s a bit older (10-12 yrs), I have no issue with it; however, I can’t see myself agreeing to it any earlier.  If I pierce her ears now, what’s she going to do to rebel and show her independence with when she’s a teen; Branding, Skull Studs or Tattoos???

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Another post that may be of interest:

The Sardine Tin:  Earrings for babies- for or against

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18 thoughts on “Would you pierce your toddler’s ears?”

  1. The child should be old enough to decide for themselves…I saw a very young toddle with loops in..al it would take is one tug and rip. It is very wrong

  2. Personally I think it is just awful. Why would you want to mutilate your child's perfect little ears? And the consequences of an earring getting caught during play is just unthinkable *shudder*

  3. I let Jessie have hers done when she was about 8, because she asked me, there is no way I would pierce a babies ears, it is barbaric, I dont see the point, and dont get me started on the chav gypsy earrings, bloody horrible!

  4. Its funny I wrote a very similar post a while back and got some interesting comments. I personally wouldn't get BG's ears pierced until she asked for it, my ears were pierced at 1 years old and I never wear earrings as they don't suit me so I have useless holes. However what I learnt when I wrote that post is that in some cultures its what they do. I just think that they have some much to deal with when they are babies with teething etc they don't need any other added pain, and it must be so uncomfortable for them and they don't understand what is happening.

  5. I think it looks awful and it is causing a baby pain for vanity as the only reason. I was allowed to have mine done aged 13 when I was able to decide for myself.

    In my eyes piercing a baby is a massive no-no

  6. I had my ears pierced for my 7th birthday because I asked for them.I went on to have my belly button and nose pierced when I was in my 20's.But would I get my girls done whilst they were babies or toddlers? No f'ing way! I personally consider it no different to circumcision.At school earrings have to covered in case they get caught or pulled out and cause an injury.I have allergies to certain metals, apparently hypersensitivity in common in children and another reason I wouldn't at such a young age.

  7. I’m really not a fan of young children with earrings I think it looks wrong. But also how painful for them – they won’t know why it’s happening? On holiday this year nearly all of the children under 2 had their ears pierced and it really bothered me. I have since found out that it was a cultural thing.

    I had mine pierced when I was 11 – my first Christmas at secondary school. I was so excited to get them done and was able to clean them myself and get earrings as Christmas presents. I think it should be the child’s choice when they are old enough to understand and surely it will be more fun for them then too?

  8. My mum didn't let me have my ears pierced until I was 13 and, similarly, I didn't let my daughter get hers done until I thought she was old enough to look after them herself (she was about 11 I think).

    I thought she'd be the chav-type parent (I'm lovely me, aren't I LOL) and get her daughters' ears done more or less immediately but she hasn't done and I don't think she's going to.

    I think it's dangerous and looks like you are trying to draw attention to your child when they should let their natural beauty shine through, however, I am very aware that it is a tradition or religious custom in other countries but it doesn't mean that it's right.

  9. Would you give your baby a tattoo? Perhaps a tongue piercing or an eyebrow? Erm no. So why are the ears any different. As far as I'm concerned, aside from the safety aspects of young children wearing jewellery like that, it's something they should be free to decide upon when they're older and understand the consequences.

  10. Ick. I hate seeing toddlers (or even babies!) with piercings… it's so… chavtastic! Not a chance you'd see a child of mine with earrings. If they want to when they're 10 or more then they can have em, but not till then, and it will be out of their pocket money too!

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