Post # 32
I wouldn’t pierce my baby’s ears but I would definitely circumcise my baby boy. I work in the surgery center at a hospital and see way too many men and children every week with painful infections and problems coming in for circumcisions that would have been prevented if it had been done when they were infants.
Post # 33
Definitely no on the ear piercing. I don’t see why its done. I don’t really like how it looks, and it just seems unnecessary. I was allowed to get my ears pierced when I was old enough to ask for it. I’ll do the same for my (hypothetical) daughter.
Dunno on circumcision. I have no strong opinion. Fiance can make that call.
Post # 34
Religion-wise we will with our son, but I think ear piercing is a little differentand should be dealt with when the young lady is old enough.
Post # 35
I know my sister pierced her daughter’s ears when she was about 6 months old, because when she (my sister) was young and got them pierced when she wanted them, they got infected and were really painful. Her reasoning was that it would be easier for her to take care of them for her baby. I was there for the piercing and the baby cried for about 5 minutes after each ear, but after that it was all fine.
I understand why a parent would or would not want to do piercing though.
Post # 36
we’re both jewish, so if we have a son he will be circumsized. easy decision for us.
i won’t be piercing any ears though… i didn’t have it done until i was 16 and decided that i wanted it. my sister decided she wanted it done in kindergarten. i’ll let my child have that same decision.
Post # 37
Nope to both. My hubby and I definately don’t agree with circumcision (he’s not cut) (but I didn’t like it even before meeting him) and I don’t like piercing a baby’s ears. Minimum age will be at least 6-7 before our hypothetical daughter can wear earrings.
Post # 38
I will probably circumcise a son if I have one. I have nothing against babies with pierced ears, but I still remember how excited I was when at 7 or 8 I went to have them pierced. It was so much fun to pick out my first pair of earrings…. I would want a similar experience for my daughter.
Post # 39
I’ve had my ears pierced since I was a baby. I’ve went years without wearing earrings and never thought anything of it. i’ll probably get both by son circumcised and my daughters ears pierced.
Post # 40
@Vitsippa My Fiance is also Swedish and since he is not circumcised I believe it will be the same for any son we might have. I personally have no preference as my Fiance would be the one dealing with any penis issues!!
Post # 41
When I was born, in PUerto Rico they pierced girls ears right in the hospital. So I had mine done very early on. My daughter had her ears pierced at a week old, and had her second hole pierced when she turned 9. I have piercings in my ears, nose and tongue so I’m cool with my daughter getting them. I’d even let my son get them, but his dad is opposed, so he needs to wait til he’s older. My son is circumsized, that was a definate must for me. My ex brother in law had to have it done due to an infection when he was 13 and heard it was super painful. plus like someone said earlier, boys aren’t too into hygiene so I’d rather play it safe.
Post # 42
We actually just had this conversation over the weekend and we will be doing both. As far as circumcision goes, I was leaning towards having it done, but really left it up to Boyfriend or Best Friend to decide – since I don’t know too much about it. He would want that for his son. And as far as ear piercing our daughter – I would like to do that at soon as possible. I would want it done before she would know to pull on them or play with them. If she decides she doesn’t like them when she’s older then we’ll simply take them out and let the holes close.
Post # 43
If we were to have a boy he is getting it done as a baby. I know some people who have had it done as older children and they hated it. They both wish they would have had it done as a baby.
Also, I voted yes to pierceing my daughter’s ears as a baby (if I have a daughter). That is something that we all do in my family.
Post # 44
When my cousin was a baby, my aunt pierced her ears. She played with the earring and ripped a hole in her lobe. Thank God she didn’t swallow the earring.
I personalyl don’t understand why someone would make the decision for someone else as to whether or not they want earrings, which are purely decorative. Someone posted that she had multiple piercings so didn’t mind peircing her daughter. Well, didn’t you appreciate the freedom of choice to get those piercings? Your daughter didn’t get that.
There are many reasons why people choose circumcision,but I don’t get the ear piercing. Just my opinion!
Post # 45
Like some other people, I don’t find these that comparable since ear piercings are far less painful (I’m assuming) and temporary than a circumcision. But to answer your question, I voted no for both. Circs aren’t medically necessary, and my daughter should be able to choose whether and when she wants her ears pierced.
Post # 46
I’ll circumcise my son, since SO is. Now, SO will be there with him because I doubt I could take him crying. I plan to pierce my daughters ears as a baby as well. Mine were when I was a baby and never got infected. I’d rather take care of her ears, rather than depend on her to do it. Now, my son will never get his ears pierced. I have several boy students in my Pre-K class with pierced ears.