Should ear-piercing be banned for babies?

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There is a petition which has already been signed by over 36,000 people, asking the Children’s Minister, Edward Timpson, to set a minimum age requirement for the ear piercing of babies and toddlers.

The view is that ear piercing in babies and toddlers is a form of child cruelty and the severe pain inflicted upon infants is unnecessary.  “It serves no purpose other than to satisfy the parent’s vanity. Other forms of physically harming children are illegal – this should be no different.”

Supporters have left comments calling childhood ear piercing abusive, vain and unnecessary.

What are your views?  How would you feel if your baby grand-daughter had her ears pierced?  Is it cute or cruel? Do you think there should be a minimum age? Should exceptions be made for different cultural beliefs?

Should ear-piercing be banned for babies?

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20th Jul 2015
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It is child abuse. What numpty could seriously think it is good for a baby to have earrings. It says more about the parents lack of common sense and vanity.
18th Jul 2015
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Why subject a baby to pain just for the pleasure of the parent? The baby can't decide and it is too easy for the baby to pull on the earring and end up with a torn ear or an infection. Leave well alone until they are old enough to decide.!
16th Jul 2015
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I think this is a dreadful thing to do to a child of any age. Leave them alone. Let them exercise patience and wait until they are old enough to make an informed decision. A tattoo is for life, unless you are prepared to pay a lot of money and go through the painful process of having a tattoo removed.
3rd Jul 2015
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Time for ear piercing when they are old enough to choose for themselves and old enough to clean and care for the ear piercing.
20th Jun 2015
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I cannot stand seeing babies with pierced ears . It is bad enough when they have to have injections but to deliberately hurt them for ones own vanity is just wrong . Trust me the baby cannot appreciate the earrings and too many play with them so they get infected . Rethink parents !
20th Jun 2015
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The babies should be left to grow up, and let them make their own decision on wether they want their ears peirced. They are not dolls to be played with... ..
19th Jun 2015
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What if the poor little thing rips their ear by catching the ear ring, pulls it out and swallows it - can't bear the thought!
Pete H
16th Jun 2015
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Of course it should be banned until they have the ability to decide for themselves. Why inflict unnecessary pain on a child just for the vanity of the parents.
13th Jun 2015
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Children should not be mutilated in any way at all, and that includes circumcision, fgm, etc.
At the age of 18 as an adult, people can then make their own choices.
13th Jun 2015
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I do not think a baby or even an older child should have their ears pierced. It should be left until they have left school and are also then able to make up their own mind. To the person who says surely every girl wants her ears pierced at some time - well this one did not. And as regards it being everyone's personal choice as someone said, yes it is for the child when they are an adult to decide.
12th Jun 2015
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I agree with Munsterlander to wait until the child is older enough to make their own decision. It may look 'cute' to the mother but the rights of the child haven't been considered. As for causing pain, it may be no more than a vaccination but vaccinations have a health purpose and could save a life whilst piecing appears to be based on the mother/parents own vanity.
Jo Kingham
12th Jun 2015
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In some ways its better to get them done earlier. I had my daughters ear pierced when she was one. The good thing about it is they don't get infections because they don't play with the ear-rings and its the parents responsibility to keep them clean and twist them so they don't get stuck. When children are a bit older they often get infections because they constantly touch them with dirty hands. I only had tiny studs for my daughter which I think look cute and what little girl doesn't want their ears pierced at some point. It doesn't hurt that much - no more than them having their vaccinations and they do both ears at the same time these days. I thinks it personal choice regardless of culture or religion and people should be free to make that choice
12th Jun 2015
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I think it should be a personal choice to have your ears pierced. To me, it's the same thing as tatooing a baby!
12th Jun 2015
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Its in the news today and I have not even thought about it before. I don't think little kids should have it done..better to wait until they are teenagers and they can decide for themselves

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