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11th Nov 2021

Hilary Duff called out for piercing baby girl’s ears- how young is too young?

Kat O'Connor

What is the right age to allow piercings?

Hilary Duff has been called out for piercing her baby girl Mae’s ears but the former Disney star isn’t letting the mum-shamers get to her.

She posted a photo of her daughter on Instagram and wrote, “Yes! I pierced her ears today. Can’t wait for the internet to call me a child abuser… again. Lesss go [sic].”

Duff was targeted by trolls when she pierced daughter Banks’ ears when she was young.

Speaking about the onslaught  of online abuse, the actress said: “I’m so used to dodging the comments or the judgment, you just get a tough skin.”

“You don’t realise how much it actually affects you.”

“I don’t comment on other people’s posts like that, so I don’t understand, but I guess it’s just a need for attention.”

“It’s hard not to take it personally,” she added.

Some of her followers said she was inflicting pain on her baby.

Others even claimed it was child abuse.

The AAP advises waiting until your child is old enough to follow piercing aftercare themselves, but they don’t completely advise against piercing a baby’s ears.

Others think it is completely wrong and unfair on the child.

However, many parents see no harm and it is actually part of some cultures.

Physicians say parents should wait until their child gets their tetanus shots.

The AAP believes there is nothing wrong with piercing at any age once it is performed with “sterile equipment and techniques”.

If you do get your baby’s ears pierced then you must be diligent with the aftercare to prevent infection and to ensure the piercing heals properly.

What do you think? What is the right age to get a child’s ears pierced?