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Baby EarPiercing discussion on GMTV - Now!

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Milliways Wed 01-Jun-05 07:33:31

I was watching and thought of you lot. They are having the same arguments that we all were a few weeks ago!

Maybe Pheasant shooting will be on telly in a few weeks as well

Windermere Wed 01-Jun-05 08:27:52

I watched it. The mother was a bit of drippy dope do you think?

Evesmama Wed 01-Jun-05 08:37:51

i was just about to do this!!

"it makes her look more girly"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*big fat no comment!*

scottishmumto1 Wed 01-Jun-05 08:46:00

i think it is an absolute disgrace getting a childs ears done. my dd will have to wait til she is at least 13. i think it should be illegal til 13 and the practices carrying out this torture on small children should be charged or refuse to do it when a child comes in with its parent.
why would anyone want to put their child through the pain and the possible health risks.
it just beggers belief

Evesmama Wed 01-Jun-05 08:47:08

oops..bloody gmtv and the beckhams..this is gonna start another feud!

mancmum Wed 01-Jun-05 08:50:26

my God - where did they find that mother.... think they should have found someone who could string an argument together if she was meant to defend what I think is indefensible... did find it amusing that the pierced and tatooed woman was the voice of reason in the it when perceptions are blown away especially on a program like GMTV which I think is the Daily Mail on TV...

mancmum Wed 01-Jun-05 08:51:41

also. did think that the point about MRA was intersting ... ha never considere that a risk before... so there is now even less chance of my 2 getting pierce and it was 0 before!!

hotmama1 Wed 01-Jun-05 08:52:30

Must admit I agree with SM1. When I was pregnant with dd I saw a very young baby - just a few months old - having her ears pierced in a shop window. I felt physically sick and didn't realise that this could be done. Apart from looking very tacky and chav (imho) it would be difficult to keep the area clean - because a baby/young child would keep their hands away wouldn't they?

I'm sure there is the arguement that it is a cultural thing for babies to have ears done early - but female circumcision is cultural - doesn't mean it is right!

(I'm not saying that ear piercing is on a par with female circumcision - before anyone starts!)

jessicasmummy Wed 01-Jun-05 08:58:42

me and dh are both under the impression its a form of ABH.... just think that one day a child will be able to sue their parents for making them have it done because they didnt want it but had no choice!

oliveoil Wed 01-Jun-05 09:04:50

Oh come on. I don't think it looks nice, bit common IMO (says the council house escapee) but I can't see the harm if someone wants it done.

Now gold bangles are another matter......

SoupDragon Wed 01-Jun-05 09:06:23

A couple of weeks ago I saw a baby of under 3 months having her ears pierced in Claires. It was very distressing and I can't believe it's legal tbh. It took 2 assistants to do it whilst the mother held the baby.

hotmama1 Wed 01-Jun-05 09:13:06

It was Claire's Accessories that I saw that young baby being done - isn't there an age limit.

I waited until I was 11 for my birthday present and had to badger my mum as she wanted to wait until I was older - def should not be able to do it before 10 imo.

pixiefish Wed 01-Jun-05 09:18:09

that mother was a real drip- the only justification she could give was it made her look like a girl- FGS.

aloha Wed 01-Jun-05 09:25:02

Why not complain to Claires?

Moomin Wed 01-Jun-05 09:31:39

It is a cultural thing in some places. My friend's brother is married to a girl from Chile and she had their daughter's ears done as a baby because it's a status thing out there (where it's very class-based). Some other Med countries are the same.

I agree that it looks tacky and a totally unnecessary risk to health and hygiene. I had to wait til I was 12 and my dd will have to as well (if she wants them done at all).

krist Wed 01-Jun-05 10:30:46

i think is wrong you cant smack a child but you can stab them with a pin wheres the childs rights here

AnnieQ Wed 01-Jun-05 10:34:19

At least with a gold bangle, it can be taken off and leave no scar, OO. A baby can't give consent for these holes to be put into their ears. If I want holes in my ears then it's my choice, and surely it should be everyone's own choice, not their parents.

krist Wed 01-Jun-05 10:39:27

agree 100%

Kidstrack2 Wed 01-Jun-05 10:55:46

Yeah totally agree, its illegal to smack a child under three which is physically painful, but you can put pins in thier ears which is very painful for them just to be a wee fashion accessory! I remember when I was a child crying my eyes out wanting my ears pierced from about age 6 but my mum was for none of it. Eventually when I was 9 she took me to H sameul and made me watch a little girl having hers done, and although I was a little scared I still had them done. I would certainly have it made illegal on kids under 5!

pixiefish Wed 01-Jun-05 11:55:39

I had mine done when I was about 10 and then a second hole when I was about 13. I never wear earrings now though. If dd wants them done she can have them done when she asks but I'm not going to do it till then. Dr Hilary Jones was saying that htere are all sorts of health risks- MRSA, Hepatitis B to name but 2. Even the lady from the piercing association thinks it's wrong to pierce babies

PinkFluffPudding Wed 01-Jun-05 12:12:35

I could never ever put my dd through what is such an unecessary procedure. I feel bad enough making her go through her immunization injections! I think earrings on children look as common as it gets. I was made to wait until my periods started - i was nearly 14!

Pinotmum Wed 01-Jun-05 12:41:00

I was in Ibiza earlier this month and was amused to see that many of their baby dolls have pierced ears with tiny jewel studs in them.

Pinotmum Wed 01-Jun-05 12:41:25

Oh I mean last month, it's June now

Iklboo Wed 01-Jun-05 12:45:02

I hate to see it. And where I live I sometimes see little boys with one ear pierced too! I was 7 when I had mine done.

Moomin Wed 01-Jun-05 12:55:52

sorry, but I think that little boys just look like thugs with their ear pierced. yuk

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