If you're thinking about caving and letting your teens get pierced or inked before their 18th birthday, here's what to keep in mind, according to the AAP:
- Parents can rest easy knowing that while the exact rate of complication in tattooing is unknown, injuries are pretty rare. The most common complication when it comes to getting ink and piercing is infection.
- To lessen risk, check that the shop is sterile, clean, and well-reviewed online. It should be regulated by the state and provide its clients with information on how to care for the area that's been tattooed or pierced.
- Before you head to the shop, check that your kid's immunizations are up to date and that they're not taking any medications that could compromise their level of immunity.
- Make sure they do their research. The last thing you want your kid to do is regret a choice they made as an adolescent for the rest of their life. If your teenager wants to get inked, discuss the design and placement of the artwork before it becomes permanent. Although tattoos aren't nearly as taboo as they once were, no one wants to go through painful and expensive laser removal.
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