Your Kids Want a Tattoo or Piercing? Here's What Pediatricians Recommend
The American Academy of Pediatrics published a clinical report about the potential consequences and health risks of tattooing and piercing in adolescents and young adults, co-authored by Dr. Cora Breuner, an adolescent medicine specialist at Seattle Children's Hospital and Dr. David Levine, a general pediatrician and professor at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. The report is the first to review the methods used to perform such body modifications in this age group, and it offers long-overdue guidance for parents, Breuner said. "The number of young adults who want to get tattoos or pierced is increasing," she said. "It's really our mission and our job to promote safety and healthy living for our children as our children go into adulthood."
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