Teen Piercings and Tattoos: What Parents Need to Know

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What to Do When Your Teen Wants a Tattoo or Piercing

Once seen as an act of rebellion, today tattoos and piercings have become mainstream. The number of Americans with at least one tattoo has jumped fifty percent in the past four years, and this is especially true for teenagers. If you’re wondering what to say when your teen wants a tattoo or piercing, here’s what health experts advise.

For one, tattoos are especially popular among younger Americans, with nearly half of Millennials (47 percent) and over a third of Gen Xers (36 percent) who said they have at least one, according to a Harris Poll.

As a result of the rise in teen tattooing, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued its first-ever paper discussing possible tattoo risks and body piercing risks, which was published in Pediatrics. As a sign of the changing times, the report discourages doctors to treat teen piercing and tattoos as a sign that a teen wants to self-harm, but instead encourages teens to talk to their parents first before proceeding.

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