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I voted no, my reasons are:
The mother may get some sort of selfish gratification out of it.
Subjugates girl to pain for no real benefit.
Can lead to infection.
Can be a hazard, caught on toys, blanket, ect and torn out.
Can be swallowed (earrings).
I'm against it, simply because I think it should be up to her if she wants her ears pierced, not her mother.
If it happens it happens though, I don't know of any real reasons not to. It will hurt her a little, but it'll pass soon enough, and she'll be too young to remember it.
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Like most others in this thread, I'm against it for many of the same reasons. First, it hurts like hell... not just for a few minutes, but for weeks, every time alcohol is applied to the scabbing wound to prevent infection. Infections are very common in infants and very young children, because they aren't tidy creatures to begin with and both hoops and studs must be sterilized regularly. Studs can pierce the skin behind the ear while the child sleeps, waking her and irritating her. Also, the studs are a swallowing/tearing danger with children this young. But mainly, this is not something the child herself wants or is old enough to want. It's what her mother wants. I believe that cosmetic procedures like piercings and tatoos should only be done when the child is old enough to give informed consent. I would allow my 10 yr old to get pierced ears if she truly, truly wanted them. I would not allow her to get a tatoo, however.
I have pierced ears, btw, and I love the comfort of pierced earrings versus painful clamps, and the delicate structure of pierced studs on the lobe. My daughter also has pierced ears. Both of us were young adults when we chose the procedure for ourselves. I encourage you to allow your daughter to make the same choice when she is old enough to do so.
Last edited by DiAnna; 07-06-11 at 06:33 PM.
Sure...I mean really...who cares? I dont say that dismissively. I mean it sincerely. The kid isnt traumatized by it, they kinda think its neat when they are 2, 3 years old and old enough to realize they have pierced ears. Now...I would draw the line at tattooing tribal **** on their faces or piercing their nipples at that age...but...earrings? NBD...just make sure they get the location right!
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(It is worth noting that if you've shown willing to fight a pitched battle before.... your opinions are more likely to be listened to!)
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None of my business.
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