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With the rise in popularity of tattoos, piercings, and body modification, the American Academy of Pediatrics released its first-ever recommendations on body modification Sept. 18. The clinical report gives an overview of the types and methods used for tattoos, piercings, and body modification, as well as details on possible medical complications. The AAP suggests parents and children discuss these possible complications with their pediatrician.
“Tattooing is much more accepted than it was 15 to 20 years ago,” said Lead author Cora C. Breuner, M.D., chair of the AAP Committee on Adolescence, in a press release. “In many states, teens have to be at least 18 to get a tattoo, but the regulations vary from place to place. When counseling teens, I tell them to do some research, and to think hard about why they want a tattoo, and where on their body they want it.”
Other key findings in the tattoo, piercing, and body modification recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics include:
“In most cases, teens just enjoy the look of the tattoo or piercing, but we do advise them to talk any decision over with their parents or another adult first,” said David Levine, M.D., co-author of the report in the press release. “They may not realize how expensive it is to remove a tattoo, or how a piercing on your tongue might result in a chipped tooth.”
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Katelin Walling is the Editorial Director for NYMetroParents. She can often be found reading, knitting, or whipping up a vegan treat—all with a cup of coffee nearby.
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