David and Victoria Beckham caused a stir when they had their son Romeo’s ears pierced at the tender age of just 2 years old (Socialite Life). Their first common argument is that parents do lots of things to children that they think are best despite not necessarily being what the child wants, and ear piercing falls into this category. Secondly and more importantly, by piercing, parents are exposing their babies to a greater risk of infection and malformation. It is unsurprising that infections are the most commonly reported complications associated with piercing. Sometimes an infection is so severe that a doctor will recommend that the piercing heal and close up, which can lead to keloid formation. Aside from the substantial health risks, piercing a baby’s ears before they have had a chance to grow can lead to embarrassing lopsided holes later in life.
As for the contention that ear piercings are synonymous with vaccinations because they both pierce the skin and cause pain – I argue that this is nonsensical. One of the biggest issues in the piercing debate, and arguably the most important, is the question of consent. The continued and widespread piercing of babies and young children is evidence that Britain continues to ignore the rights of children despite ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child back in 1991. Throughout their life, people who are pierced as babies have a permanent reminder that their parents had no respect for their bodily autonomy. It follows that to prohibit the piercing of babies and young children is to violate religious and cultural rights.
The idea of parents piercing their baby's ears underlies the more worrying concept of parents imposing ideals on their children and treating them as accessories. The fact that we are talking about a vulnerable group such as babies who cannot speak up for themselves makes this an appropriate area for legislation. While I won't go so far as to say piercing is abuse, I will say that any body modification that is unnecessary is wrong. My daughter was 10 months when we chose to get her ears pierced and she never cried at all. Ear piercing is not necessary but you will see later on in life that most girl will want to have earrings especially in their teens but are always afraid to get their ears pierced. However Romeo Beckham may be considered geriatric compared to many babies whose parents pierce their ears before they even leave the maternity ward.
Thus according to this argument, parents can actually save their child from the distress and pain they would otherwise experience if they got their ears pierced at an older age. Vaccinations are arguably for the benefit of the baby based on centuries of scientific research.
A baby who has their ears pierced and grows up with earrings has no memory of the procedure, and no opportunity to protest.


To those who argue that ear piercing is not permanent, and that the earrings can be removed so that the holes close up; Firstly, a baby cannot ask for the earrings to be removed. They contend that the abuse word is thrown around too lightly and that it is doubtful that any child who has had their ears pierced will grow up to think they have been abused by their parents. The reason I highlighted female circumcision is that it is more widely recognised as barbaric despite being culturally subscribed. My son is circumcised, and it was done because his foreskin was literally cutting off his circulation to his penis.
I do think that it is medically risky to pierce a newborn's ears- too many complications in my mind.
The younger the child is, the weaker their defence system, so they are more at risk of an infection, and less likely to cope as well if they do get one. For instance, despite ear-piercing guns not being recommended for piercing babies’ ears, they are the most commonly used tool. If a baby were able to be asked whether it wanted ear piercings, it would most definitely say NO. Waiting until a child is old enough to comprehend such issues teaches them personal responsibility and such an approach can be applied to all sorts of other life choices in various forms.
Ear piercing of babies and young children cannot be claimed to be in the immediate best interest of the child, and given the risk of permanent damage it seems questionable whether it should be within the protected area of parental discretion. While pierced ears can be considered very attractive, no one can consider it their right to make a permanent, painful, risky cosmetic decision concerning another person's body, even if that person is their infant child.
Sam could be said for corporal punishment and other things we commonly accept as being abusive.
The gun is very tight against the swollen earlobe, and the shaft is ridged creating an ideal place for pus and scabs to accumulate. Secondly, whether piercings become permanent depends on a range of factors unique to the individual, such as the intensity of the ear tissue as well as the ability of each individuals healing rate. This is notwithstanding that piercing a baby’s nose, eyebrow, tongue, lip, navel, etc is perfectly legal.
And male circumcision is DEFINITELY something practiced around the world for cultural and religious reasons-- far more than female circumcision.
It is parents' responsibility to make sure their children make informed decisions for themselves regarding their appearance, which only the children themselves have a right to make. My mom said I didn't even cry when the doctor used a single needle (not a piercing gun). Secondly it could be argued that, as ear piercing disproportionately affects girls, it exacerbates gender inequality.
This is yet more worrisome when one considers that many newborns are pierced before they even have their first tetanus vaccination.


The holes also become permanent when a fistula is created by scar tissue forming around the initial earring. Some have argued that it is wrong to weaken the concept of abuse by including ear piercing within its parameters. And yes it does snip away thousands of nerves that are suppose to give a more sexually gratifying experiencing for the adult male.I MUST ask you to blog entry on male circumcision and your opinion. I took one set out and couldn't get them back in a month later after having them pierced for 12 years!
Babies and small children are less aware of their bodies, so for example, a toddler who likes to throw her head to floor when she has a tantrum, wouldn't be considering the risk of banging her pierced ear and causing it to break the skin or worse. In addition, the combination of the trauma inherent in the piercing process together with the ongoing presence of a foreign body furthers the risk of infection (Trupiano. No baby would want to be put through it, and as adults' role is to protect and care for their offspring, pro-piercing parents are abusing their baby’s trust. I like that you talk of abuse as something that happens on a spectrum and this made me look at the way in which I treat my beautiful gifts when I get angry with them. It is for this reason that many daycare centres, nurseries and schools forbid the wearing of earrings.
If your child is pierced with a gun, there’s a higher risk for her to contract hepatitis or another type of infection (Nguyen. Ear piercing is also mentioned in the Bible and for some Christians is said to be a sign of faith. Even if I grew up hating having my ears pierced, then I just wouldn't wear earrings, simple.
Anatomic variations, such as blood supply to the site, can contribute to an increased risk of infection after piercing, therefore there is no way a parent can predict exactly how their baby’s body will respond. If someone with AIDS or other disease was pierced with the same gun the parent is subjecting their baby to the chance of contracting that disease. Then why not wait to name your child just in case they don't like the name you give them. And for those who compare it to female mutilation or other forms of child abuse, getting your ears pierced does not come close to these horrifying, life long traumatizing acts. And no I did not grow up to be vain and superficial just because I had my ears pierced as a baby.



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