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New report cites risks youths face when getting tattoos and body piercings – Chicago Tribune

Despite a growing popularity for tattoos and body piercings, some parents still suffer shock and dismay when their college freshman comes home for the first time with a slight modification.

Instead of surprise, parents should be educated, pediatricians say, and should talk over tattoo and piercing safety with their teens. Recognizing a void of information in that area, the American Academy of Pediatrics released its first report on tattoos and piercings Monday, warning parents and teens of rare but possible risks, and offering safety tips.

“A lot of times when we launch our kids off to college, they come home for Thanksgiving with a tattoo,” said Dr. Cora Breuner, lead author of the report.

Although most states require a minimum age of 18, Breuner, physician and professor of pediatrics and adolescent medicine at Seattle Children’s Hospital, suggests parents and teens discuss tattoos and piercings before that, and that pediatricians bring up the subject for their high school-aged patients.

New report cites risks youths face when getting tattoos and body piercings – Chicago Tribune

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