UK ministers will be asked to consider a petition which calls for children’s ear piercings to be banned after it garnered more than 28,000 signatures.
Labour MP Mark Tami is expected to raise the topic in the House of Commons after the debate was reignited by the 38 Degrees petition spearheaded by mum Susan Ingram.
“If we allowed parents to do other things to their children’s faces, like tattooing, that would be appalling, but although piercings can heal, they can still cause distorting affects on the ear, in the skin and muscle,” Tami told The Guardian.
“I would like to resurrect the issue, see it discussed again in parliament, and look to see what a potential age restriction should be,” he continued.
“The question is, what age is appropriate? Certainly a baby or a child has no opportunity of consenting to having the procedure done.”
Mum Susan Ingram believes that the procedure inflicts unnecessary pain and fear in children and babies.
“Severe pain and fear is inflicted upon infants unnecessarily. It serves no purpose other than to satisfy the parent’s vanity. Other forms of physically harming children are illegal – this should be no different,” Susan wrote on the campaign’s Facebook page.
The petition is hoping to garner 30,000, which is the minimum needed to be sent to the UK Minister for Children Edward Timpson.
In Ireland, there is no minimum age in which a parent can pierce their child’s ears.