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North West, the 1-year-old daughter of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, is already a social media darling due to her mom’s active presence on Instagram. Now the child’s new look is sparking some controversy online.

Recent photos of North wearing what appear to be diamond stud earrings have appeared online, sending the social media universe into overdrive.

The photos have revived debate about whether it’s safe or even appropriate to pierce babies’ ears.

In some cultures, it’s expected and no big deal to pierce and adorn a baby’s ears, but others find piercings to be an unnecessary source of pain and risk for a tot.

Piercing Pagoda, a jewelry kiosk found in malls across America, has been piercing ears since 1969, and its website boasts of 20 million piercings. Some parents opt to have their babies’ ears pierced at birth, but Piercing Pagoda offers services to children 2 months and older, provided they are with “an identified parent or legal guardian,” according to its site.

Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, executive director of digital health at Seattle Children’s Hospital, recommends that parents wait until at least 6 months old, although even older is ideal.

“Ear piercing is always unnecessary, so if you’re wanting to reduce all risks wait as long as you can into childhood,” she said in an e-mail.

Piercing Pagoda recommends that children have their first vaccination for tetanus before piercing, but Swanson said it’s best to wait until six months when a baby’s immune system is more developed.

By then, “your baby can have three tetanus shots, along with more mature earlobes,” she said.

Swanson also recommends finding a pediatric office to do your child’s piercing as the staff there is trained in sterile technique and is likely to use a pain reliever or topical anesthetic.

It’s unclear where North received her piercing, or if it’s even a real piercing, but Swanson said the procedure would be medically safe for a 1-year-old.

Do you think a 1-year-old is too young for ear piercing? When did you get yours done? Share your take in the comments section below.


  • La

    I got mine done the day i was born, which is what we do with every baby girl born in my country. Since I now live in US, I took all my 3 girls for piercing as soon as it was allowed, which was 2.5 mths old, after their first tetanus shot. I have never heard of anything bad happening if u pierce early. It’s just easier on the baby when they dont yet understand what pain is. Incidence rate of problems would be so low. Just calm down everyone already

  • mommalicious

    with so many other problems in this world, why do we care about a baby wearing earrings? i’ve seen and known many people who pierce their baby’s ears and have never ever heard of any issues surrounding it. Everything IS NOT news. This qualifies as one of those filler stories that really isn’t important. People need to pay more attention to their own children and stop focusing on the lives of celebrities.

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