Report says pediatricians should lighten up on tattoos, piercings

Few young patients appear to appreciate all the health risks involved, or to take into account the views of future employers, the guidelines say. And they typically underestimate the difficulty of having tattoos removed if they come to regret them.

But, says the Clinical Report, body modification is quickly becoming commonplace, and the kids who engage in it are more than likely normal, healthy kids expressing themselves in ways that need not raise concerns.

“Tattooing and piercing of various body parts no longer is a high-risk population phenomenon, as evidenced by growing numbers of adults and adolescents not considered at risk who have tattoos and multiple ear and body piercings,” says the new report.

Source: Pediatricians may view tattoos, piercings as red flags. They should discuss it instead, report says – LA Times

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