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A mum has sparked debate online after posting a TikTok video of her young baby getting her ears pierced.
In the clip, the woman's six-month-old baby can be seen lying back in a chair while she has her ear lobes pierced, with the woman writing in the caption: "6 months calls for ear piercings."
The child is crying and kicking her legs about while her mother holds her down in the chair.
In the video, the mum says: "Stop using piercing guns on your babies!
"Get them pierced at a tattoo/piercing shop."
Immediately after the piercing, the baby can be seen shooting a 'dirty look', before the video cuts to another clip of her smiling at the camera afterwards.
"Happy baby," the mum said.
The video has attracted 42,000 likes and 388,000 views - along with thousands of comments.
Many people criticised the mother for inflicting 'unnecessary pain on a baby', with one saying: "That's terrible. And the mom smiles. Ugh. Poor baby."
Someone else wrote sarcastically: "Don't use a piercing gun, just hold your screaming infant down while a stranger shoved needles in her ears. Got it!"
A third said: "This should be illegal. It should be the baby's choice when they can make one. Putting it through that pain with it wanting earrings is awful."
But others defended the mum's actions, with one writing: "Y'all act like you'd even remember being pierced as a baby... Cause I don't even remember."
The mother quoted the comment in a follow-up post, replying: "She literally had no idea what happened lol."
It is accompanied by a short clip of her baby smiling away happily, as the mum's voice coos at her daughter: "Good morning! Good morning! Look at them beautiful ears. Look at them! Good morning.
"How you feeling girl? How you feeling? How you feeling?"
This prompted another debate in the comments section, with one person arguing: "It's a traumatic experience that gets engraved in their brain and causes issues into adulthood whether they have the memory or not, their body remembers."
Taking the opposite stance, another said: "Getting them done young is great in my opinion. The pain vanishes so quick, parents can clean them much better, making sure they don't get infected."
Someone else joked: "Cool thing about that is that they can't say no to me getting more piercings, like mom you gave me my first two."
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