People Are Freaking Out About This Mom Piercing Her Newborn Baby’s Ears When She Was Only A Day Old

Many people believe that you should never alter your child’s body in any way and instead should allow them to make decisions themselves when they’re old enough. That’s why everyone is freaking out that a mom on TikTok revealed that she pierced her newborn baby’s ears when she was only a day old.


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  1. The mom posted a video of her daughter Lara while she was still in the hospital. The mom, who posts under @laraticaofficial, shared the short clip reminiscing about when the 4-month-old was a newborn, writing: “The time past too fast. Missing you being this small.” You could see newborn Lara in silver earrings before the clip then showed the now-4-month-old sporting gold hoops.
  2. While the mom didn’t mention the earrings, everyone noticed. A conversation soon kicked off in the comments section, with everyone wanting to know why on earth a newborn baby needed earrings. “How did she get her ears pierced that young?” one person asked. Another added: “How is that ear piercing even legal?”
  3. Many people pointed out that it’s a cultural thing. While a lot of people can’t understand Lara having her ears pierced as a small baby, some did stick up for the baby’s mom. “In our culture/family, we also have ears pierced as soon as they are born,” one person remarked. Another said: “My mum pierced my ears the day after I was born also! It’s great.” Another mom even chimed in, adding: “I pierced my daughter’s ear the second day after birth, so no big deal really.”
  4. While there’s little risk involved, not everyone is on board with the idea. Piercing a baby’s ears likely won’t harm your baby, the American Academy of Pediatrics says. As long as it’s done carefully and aftercare is provided, it should be fine. However, they do recommend waiting until the child is old enough to care for the piercing site themself.


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