Post # 1
I read an article on Yahoo today that basically bashed Kim Kardashian for piercing North West’s ears. Now, I am not a fan of the Kardashians, I can’t stand them, but this article peaked my curiosity.
North is 1 year old, how old were you when your parents pierced your ears? What’s your opinion on this?
The is a huge outcry on Twitter over this, some people believe North is too young for this. There is even a doctor mentioned, who advises to pierced the ears after they turn 8 years old because they can consent to it. WTF?
My opinion…. I had mine pierced when I was a day or 2 old. I never complained, and it is a customary thing to do in Spain where I’m from. I don’t see this as a big deal. As much as I dislike Kim, I’m with her on this one
Post # 2
Just another case of criticizing parenting choices.
Speaking as an ER nurse, it is much better to get them done when they are young and Mom can do the cleaning that is so important to prevent infection, or leave it until they are adults. We see so many 8-16 yr olds who won’t let Mom anywhere near their piercings, but don’t do the required care themselves.
Post # 3
A 1 year old is going to pull at them and probably end up ripping them out. While I think anything she does is going to be judged and people are nosey nellies and will always say she is doing this or this wrong when it comes to her daughter.
I can’t stand her or her family and do disagee with piercing ears that young. Hell my niece who is 9 can’t even keep her nice they got infected and now are closed. I personally think should be old enough to take care of them
Post # 3
I don’t criticize that choice at all. I got my ears pierced around 2-3 months old and I (obviously) don’t remember a thing from it. In my culture it’s strange NOT to have your ears pierced at a young age.
ETA: now if she did some sort of strange piercing for a young age, like nose or top of the ear, I would be mildly weirded out.
Post # 5
MrsPiggles: I’m not a Kim fan or defender but this is overblown. I had my ears pierced at about 1 year old, my 8 year old niece had hers done at 6 months. If I ever have a daughter she will have her ears pierced as a baby as well.
Post # 6
Ugh — that is such nonsense. Her ears are pierced, that’s all. These people are acting like Kim mutilated her.
I think piercing a baby’s ears is just fine. I actually really like it.
To me this comes down to culture, tradition, and family choices. If you don’t like it, don’t do it, but don’t beat other people up for doing it. It’s just not necessary, and it doesn’t help anyone or anything.
These people need to mind their own business.
Post # 7
It depends. I was 3 when we got my ears pierced the first time. My sister was 5. We both got horrible infections from a combination of the piercings and an allergic reaction to the metals. We let them close. I tried again when I was 14 with better quality metal earrings. They were fine for a few weeks but then more infection, more blood and pus. I’ve gotten them pierced a third time (my stepdad, a veterinarian, punched through my ears with a sanitized needle) and they’ve been fine for the last 6 years.
So anyway, long story short, it depends on the child and the parents. I think a year is plenty old to pierce a child’s ears as long as the parent is smart enough to watch the pierced area for signs of infection.
Post # 8
Mine were pierced when I was less than a month old so no it’s not weird for me.
Post # 9
MrsPiggles: Talk about over reacting. I was 3 when my Mom had my ears pierced….of course, that was the 70’s. I remember her breast feeding my brother while she was driving with a cigarette in her mouth. No one called CPS about that either. Somehow my brother and I managed to survive into adulthood.
I would imagine that if she made a statement about not wanting to pierce her kids ears for what ever reason there would be an out cry about that. You really can’t win for being a loser when you are that much of a tabloid celebrity.
Post # 10
People will criticize her no matter what. Parents always criticize other parents. My ears have been pierced since I was 9 months. I’m happy because, as an adult, I’m too scared to get any piercings! All my friends pierce their daughters’ ears at young ages.
Post # 11
I was 2 months old. All my family and friends got their girls ears pierced under the age of 1. Choice and culture I suppose. People are harping on the Kardashians because they are famous.
Post # 12
You said it perfectly. I decided to bring the subject up because it seems like a nice harmless topic to discuss. But I do feel sorry for the kardashians for having to take the heat on literally EVERYTHING! Granted I still can’t stand the B but in this case, like you said, it is a parenting choice and shouldn’t have even made the news!
Julies1949 I agree with you 100%. I think it is better off if the mother takes care of them when they are babies. As a parent, you already bathe, feed, change, cleaning ears wouldn’t really make much of a difference
Post # 13
Bridey77: haha I’m on the same boat. I did martial arts for 10 years of my life. Basically my entire childhood. I was kind of a clumpsy one! Always ended up with black eyes, busted lips, broken nose, broken arms…. not once did they call CPS on me. Can you imagine if that was me now? ha!
I very much agree that she is damned if she does or doesn’t. Either way she’s going to be talked about because she is who she is. But as real people like us, I was curious to hear opinions 🙂
Post # 14
I got my ears pierced in 3rd or 4th grade, but I know a lot of people who’ve had them pierced since they were babies and a few friends who never got them pierced. I don’t see what the big deal is. It doesn’t hurt, and if North decides she doesn’t want pierced ears when she’s older she can take them out.
Post # 15
My ears were pierced at 3 months at a hospital by a nurse, and they never got infected because my dad/gramma were there to take care of them. I’ve seen 15 year olds who don’t understand the concept of disinfecting newly pierced ears and taking care of the wounds and get infected. Heck, my 22 year old friend couldn’t get the concept and ended up having to take out her piercings and let them heal.
I’m not saying that every parent should pierce their kids ears young, but it’s easier to control health of a young child than a rebellious 14 year old. I honestly don’t think anything less of them for piercing the kid’s ears.