North West's Pierced Ears Spark Debate

06/17/2014 04:55 pm ET | Updated Jun 18, 2014

How young is too young to pierce a baby's ears?

Newlywed parents Kim Kardashian and Kanye West decided the right time for their daughter North West was around her first birthday, and big surprise, photos of the tyke sporting what appear to be diamond studs have ignited an online debate.

There was no shortage of opinion in the Twitterverse from those on both sides of the argument, with some brushing it off as no big deal, and others questioning Kardashian and West's parenting skills.

"Kim Kardashian appears to have pierced her baby's ears. Said it before & I'll say it again, piercing a baby's ears is disgusting & cruel," wrote one Twitter user. "That's cruel AND tacky," wrote another.

The debate over the right time to pierce a child's ears is always a hot topic, but the American Academy of Pediatrics does recommend waiting until a child is old enough to take care of the piercing on his or her own, due to the risk of earrings as a choking hazard.

This is not the first time little North has been at the center of such controversy. Back in December, Kardashian's parenting skills were also called into question amid allegations that she waxed her daughter's eyebrows, which she of course denied.

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