A MUM has been accused of “child abuse” after piercing her eight-week-old daughter’s ears.
Levi Connell, from Leeds, has hit back after she came under fire for piercing little Willow’s ears.
Levi, 24, said both her partner and her mum raised their concerns about getting Willow’s ears done when she was so young, but she pushed ahead anyway, Leeds Live reports.
Levi said: "When I first decided to get it done I had mixed reviews from everyone, including my mum and partner.
"Willow was eight weeks old and I just took her one day and had it done. Other people said she was too young but I just look at her now and she is perfect.
"It saves me the aggravation when she's little because when she's older she might say she wants them and then decide she doesn't and now it's done she'll have them forever.”
Levi also got her ears done at a young age, and said her mum took her when she was 10 weeks old - but has since expressed reservations about Willow getting the same treatment.
Levi had hoped to take Willow when she was four weeks old, but was persuaded to postpone this for another four weeks.
She said: “They did it with the piercing gun so they drew dots on her ears, made a few alterations, did one and then she got a little bit upset with herself but they calmed her down and did the other.”
Levi added that little Willow doesn’t play with her ears as she knows the studs “are there”.
She thinks she shouldn’t be slammed for getting the jewellery items added, and people should keep their opinion to themselves.
She said: "I don't think anyone should have an opinion on something like this - would you discriminate because of a tattoo?
"You've got to live for today because you don't know what's around the corner.
"If people are questioning it, I would tell them to just go for it. Don't ask on Facebook because people will say 'don't do it because it's child abuse'.
"Make your own choice - it's your baby and you brought them into this world so you can decide what is best for them."
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