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Old 08-03-2018, 02:08 PM
 
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Please enlighten me.

A neighbor just had her four month old baby's ears pierced.

Why do parents do that at such an early age?
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Old 08-03-2018, 02:11 PM
 
Location: So Cal
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I don't know, but I hate it.
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Old 08-03-2018, 02:15 PM
 
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Could ask why parents willingly participate in genital mutilation. The answer is likely the same "we wanted to", maybe a few "society allows/encourages it". Shame that parents can't refrain from making these kinds of decisions.
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Old 08-03-2018, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Cumberland Co., TN
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Could ask why parents willingly participate in genital mutilation. The answer is likely the same "we wanted to", maybe a few "society allows/encourages it". Shame that parents can't refrain from making these kinds of decisions.
I have never heard of a physician asking new parents if they want their baby's ears pierced.
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Old 08-03-2018, 03:10 PM
 
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To make them look sexy?
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Old 08-03-2018, 03:17 PM
 
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Usually cultural. If a woman had her ears pierced as a baby she may do the same with her baby. Mine were pierced as a baby & I'm glad it was done early.

Just an fyi, many pediatrician offices offer ear piercing.
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Old 08-03-2018, 03:55 PM
 
Location: East of the Mississippi and South of Bluegrass
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Usually cultural. If a woman had her ears pierced as a baby she may do the same with her baby. Mine were pierced as a baby & I'm glad it was done early.

Just an fyi, many pediatrician offices offer ear piercing.
Or sometimes not. I was born and raised in Chicago in a very diverse area (yes, even back then before it became popular) and all the girls in our neighborhood had pierced ears. My parents on the other hand were both from the south so when my sisters and myself wanted our ears pierced (around 10-11 years old) my mother forbade it because she was raised on a farm and only livestock had pierced ears.

We didn't argue her point as it would have been futile so we pierced one another's ears with rubbing alcohol, needle and thread (with a potato behind the ear lobe) and cleaned them everyday with rubbing alcohol. Yes my mother saw it after a couple of days and warned us that our ears were going to fall off. They didn't fall off. No apologies and no regrets. Happy ending for us!

When my daughters were 18 months old I had them done at the doctor's office with the "gun".

Again, no apologies and no regrets.
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Old 08-03-2018, 04:20 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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My son and his SO at the time chose not to pierce my granddaughter's ears and I'm glad of that. My husband and I also chose not to circumcise our sons. Both are mutilation in my opinion but are accepted by so many in this country that it becomes the norm. Personally I think it should be up to the child when they are old enough to pierce their ears.
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Old 08-03-2018, 04:22 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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I don't, and haven't changed anything about my children with the exception of hair cuts.

When my daughter is old enough to ask for earrings, she will get them then (if she really wants them). Not before.
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Old 08-03-2018, 06:21 PM
 
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I do not think the parents should make the decision to pierce a baby's ears - it is the baby's body - let them decide for themselves if they want to be pierced when they are old enough - how dare you force them!

I have boys and I did not mutilate them - it is their decision later in life if they want to be circumcised
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