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QUESTION: Would you pierce the ears of a newborn girl six times, when the father asks you? How many hours a weak (there are 168 hours in one weak) must a child war earrings in her pierced ears, so the holes on her ears do not close. Would a medical doctor do this if the father asks?

ANSWER: Personally I think piercings in young children is a form of child abuse and should be dealt with accordingly.

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QUESTION: Unskilled people can introduce deadly infections like tetanus. This is why he would like a medical doctor to do this. This is would be legal in this country because this man asked a lawyer. This man only wants his daughter to wear six earrings that are made in pure gold.

Whether it is legal or not does not make it right. You asked if I would pierce the ears of a newborn girl and the answer is no. She should make the decision herself when she is old enough. My 19 year old daughter has still not got her ears pierced - that is her decision.


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Dr Graham Smith


I am accredited in general paediatrics and paediatric nephrology and and am happy to answer questions on both topics. It is not possible or safe to assess acutely sick children through this medium. Such children should be taken to their own doctor, where a full history can be taken and an examination carried out.


I have been a consultant paediatrician and paediatric nephrologist for 13 years. I have been involved in paediatrics for 22 years.

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
British Association for Paediatric Nephrology
European Society for Paediatric Nephrology
International Pediatric Nephrology Association

Archives of Disease in Childhood
British Medical Journal
Pediatric Nephrology
Current Paediatrics
Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation
Nephrology and Urology

MA (Cantab)
MB BS (London)

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