Videos of two mothers showing their daughters being pierced at their 4th month sparked controversy online.
Crystal Lynn, 34, from Florida, received criticism from other parents when footage of her daughter Emily getting her ears pierced emerged online.
The video filmed in the US shows Crystal’s four-month-old screaming out as she gets both of her ears pierced. She is heard wailing for about 30 seconds, but then appears to be fine.
Social media users were quick to criticize her mother, with many describing it as ‘cruel’.
One wrote: ‘Why would you want to cause your baby pain when it is meant to be mum who protects them? Let them choose when they are old enough!’
Another added: ‘Cruel, just cruel. Hope mum is happy putting her lovely daughter through this trauma.’
But Emily’s mother Crystal responded to those who criticized her and labelling it as child abuse, said her daughter, who is now five, does not remember getting her ears pierced at all.
The mother-of-three says she wants to spread awareness of piercing children’s ears at such a young age.
‘We chose to pierce our daughter’s ears at a young age because it is proven that most who wait until they are older, around the age of 5-10 years of age, usually end up with an infection because they don’t stop touching them,’ she said.
‘When you pierce them young they don’t feel, but maybe 30 seconds of pain, if any pain at all and we as parents take care of the piercing and they are less likely to mess with them.’
She added: ‘Emily, who was four months old at the time, does not remember the piercing at all – and she loves her earrings.
‘If at anytime she wants to take them out – then she can.’
Meanwhile, another mother was also slammed after a video of her baby daughter getting her ears pierced emerged online.
But the 23-year-old British mother-of-two, Rebekah Musson, has also defended her decision and says her now two-year-old daughter Maddison only cried for a split second and loves her earrings.
However Miss Musson from Longhill, east Hull, said piercing them cannot be compared to child abuse.
She said: “Did she cry? Yes for a split second. Do I regret it? No.
“My daughter loves her earrings and she sees herself as batman with pretty ears. It’s much easier to get them done as a baby than when they’re older. Fact.
“She looks beautiful in her earrings, and she loves to change her earrings when mummy does and wears all different ones.
“She’s now two-and-a-half and has her own little jewellery box like mummy with lots of earrings in.
“How that could be described as child abuse I have no idea. It hurt her for but a second and it really was that. She didn’t cry like the baby in the video. That was a bit extreme.”
A baby can be seen screaming as the piercing is made while her mum tries to soothe her by putting a dummy in her mouth.
Despite all of the debates regarding this issue, there is no standard age ideal that a child should be allowed to get their ears pierced.
Sources: Daily Mail
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