Should Baby Ear Piercing Be Banned?

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Seeing baby girls with their ears pierced seems to be pretty common these days. Many parents opt to do it even before their little ones even turn one. But is that too soon? Should babies have their ears pierced at all? The answer depends on who you ask. If you ask one lady in the U.K., she’ll tell you no and she’ll even tell you she’s trying to get baby ear piercing banned in her country.

Apparently, Susan Ingram is not alone in the anti-piercing parade. Nearly 40,000 people agree with her and have signed her online petition supporting a ban. Ingram believes piercing a baby’s ears is cruel and abusive. She says there’s no reason to get a baby’s ears pierced except to make the parents happy.

While some people are laughing at Ingram, British lawmakers are taking it very seriously. They are questioning what age is appropriate since a baby can’t consent to getting her ears pierced. In many cultures, babies get their ears pierced as soon as they are born while they are still in the hospital. They don’t even think about whether a baby wants it or not.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends waiting to get a child’s ears pierced until she is old enough to ask for it and old enough to take care of the piercings. The Academy says ear piercing is not dangerous if it is done in a sterile environment and the piercings are taken care of.

Personally, I was afraid to pierce my daughters’ ears when they were babies. I was always afraid they would somehow get hurt. I also dreaded the idea of them getting an infection and me having to pull the earrings out. For some reason, I chose the magical age of three to pierce my girls’ ears. Don’t ask me what was so special about three, but that’s when I did theirs! Surprisingly, neither one really flinched that much. It was kinda like taking them to the doctor for shots…a quick pinch and it was over.


The decision is up to the moms and dads. Some parents do wait until the kids are old enough to say they want the piercings. Whichever way you go, the topic has everyone all ears.

When do you think kids should get their ears pierced? Should baby ear piercing be banned?