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POLL: Should You Wait To Pierce Your Kid's Ears?

A big debate has blown up on the internet because of Kylie Jenner when she pierced her daughter's ears. 

Many people go to pierce their kids' ears super early, but babies? It happens. After Kylie had her daughter's ears pierced as a baby, the internet blew up with a ton of anger on the subject, saying that body modification should wait until the child knows what's going on, and noting that maybe later on Stormi will regret her mom's decision.

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Many different cultures, including Hispanic, Indian, and Nigerian cultures will pierce ears right away, and many took to Twitter to try and defend Kylie's choice:

hispanic pixie dream girl ✨ on Twitter

I keep seeing people joke about how latinx moms pierced their baby's ears immediately but that doesn't make it okay. If this starts a conversation on the importance of holding off permanent body modification of your children until they are old enough to understand then so be it https://t.co/BBT409SYWj

Jalapeño???? on Twitter

I don't understand why this is such a controversial topic Kylie Jenner isn't the first mother to do this !!!! Hispanics pierce their babies ears way before that sometimes !!!! Stop calling her a bad mom and move on with your lives !!! https://t.co/3sXX09X8tD

 

Wanderlust on Twitter

My indian genes are shocked after knowing mothers get judged for piercing the baby's ears. Did anyone tell you that we also shave baby's hair and do it as a big fat celebration ???????? #KylieJenner https://t.co/Q2VxV90kI1

 

 

I figured the best person to ask is not someone on Twitter, but going to a reputable source. Mike Moore, the co-owner of Ironclad Tattoo, and resident piercer of the shop had a discussion with MacaroniKid.com on the subject, and some of his comments are very eye opening into the world of piercing - especially when it comes to getting your child's ears pierced at a reputable establishment, rather than going to a place like Claire's, which Macaroni Kid cites "piercers certify by “watching a video and practicing on fake ears, and then training on real ears, all within 2 weeks” (as I was told by a mall shop)."

"Some shops do not work with children, or they require kids to be at an appropriate age of consent.  Many require a birth certificate and photo ID from the parent to pierce a child.  Remember, you get what you pay for.  Your child will likely have the piercings for the rest of his/her life.  It’s worth it to spend a little more for an expert that does things safely and properly to avoid infections, scar tissue, and misplaced piercings."

Moore also notes that  “Piercing guns cause extra trauma to the ear lobes.  Piercing guns are not regulated by the health department, and they use the jewelry itself to pierce,” in contrast to specific needles/equipment that they use in actual shops.

Logically speaking, reading Moore's comments, maybe 5-month-old's wouldn't fall into the spectrum for "appropriate age."

 

What do you think?