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Is it because I had my own daughter's ears pierced at an early age (if I remember correctly, she was about a year old). Probably, but I don't see anything wrong with it.
Should the child choose when to do it, possibly, but I don't think there should be an "outcry" because someone chose to get their child's ears pierced.
One expert told the Today show, “We generally don’t recommend it that young, primarily because babies will often pull at their ears and if the earring comes out, it can be a choking hazard,” said Dr. Mary E. Brown, a pediatrician at Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center.
Another said, "Then, there’s the risk of infection. But if the procedure is done with very clean equipment and with clean technique, and if the parents are vigilant about keeping the area clean and reporting any signs of infection to the doctor, it can be done safely well before the child is 1", said Dr. Claire McCarthy, a pediatrician and medical communications editor at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Here is the full story from the Today show.