Kylie Jenner Pieced Her Baby’s Ears and The Backlash Was Instant
The new mom showed Stormi on snapchat, and everyone noticed that her baby, who is five months old, had pierced ears.
Kylie joins her older sisters in being the subject of mommy shame, that no matter what is cultural or not, she has the full wrath of ‘perfect’ moms around the world. Users instantly took to Twitter to discuss her age, motherhood, and the ability to be a fit parent.
— Alex Corradetti (@AlexCorradetti) July 18, 2018
I try and stay away from Kardashian-related news but I just read that @KylieJenner had her 5mo daughter's ears pierced. batshit fucking crazy. the world will be crumbling down and those stupid bitches will be taking selfies during. fuck's sake. image obsessed pieces of shit
— maria is going to finish her phd (@mariahmocarey) July 15, 2018
Although, not everyone was in agreement that getting your kids’ ears pierced young was something to get worked up about.
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So Kylie Jenner got Stormi's ears pierced, and all of a sudden hell has broken loose in some people?!
They clearly have never met asian parents! Ears pieced within the first few months of being born and what not 😭😂😭😂
— Amirah ✨ (@amirxhh_) July 18, 2018
With one twitter user explaining how she had her own ears pierced, hours after being born.
People are making a big deal about @KylieJenner piercing her baby’s ears at 5 months… mine got pieces HOURS after I was born. I got 2 piercing 4 in total. COME ON YALL!!
— Janeth (@janeth_cardiel) July 18, 2018
“My advice is to wait until your child is old enough to participate in caring for the earrings and the discussion of whether or not they want this done to their body,” University of Rochester Medical Center pediatric emergency medicine doctor Elizabeth Murray tells PEOPLE.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “Ears may be pierced for cosmetic reasons at any age” and “there is little risk” involved if the piercing is performed cared for using the proper sanitary procedures and precautions.
The AAP does recommend using a round earring with a gold post to reduce the risk of infection and allergic reactions and, “as a general guideline,” to hold off on piercing a child’s ears until they are “mature enough” to care for the modification themselves.
“At this point practitioners really need to form their own opinions about ear piercing,” Johns Hopkins pediatric resident Suzanne Rossi said in 2015, adding that the AAP’s point on maturity is “clearly the best way to reduce the risk of infection” to the affected area.
“I usually try to recommend to families that they get past the six-month immunizations to reduce their risk of tetanus and blood-borne infections,” she explained. “We also make sure the parents are taking [children] to a reputable place to decrease the risk of infection.”