- Know that each state has a set of rules and regulations for minimum age. Proper identification is needed and so is parental accompaniment in some cases.
- Look for a clean and sanitary establishment.
- Watch someone else undergo a tattoo or piercing at your chosen establishment.
- Meticulous guidelines for care of the wound is important.
- It’s expensive to get a laser tattoo removal and it isn’t covered by insurance. Consider long and hard before getting a tattoo. A temporary or henna tattoo is a smart first step.
- No tattoo artist or piercer will do a procedure on someone under the influence.
- Make sure tetanus, hepatitis and other immunizations are up to date.
Speak with your child’s pediatrician if he is considering a body modification. She can share risks and complications if your child is passionate about getting a tattoo or piercing.
Listen as Dr. Cora Breuner joins Melanie Cole, MS, to share how to make sure your child is safe when getting a body modification.
Read the AAP report here.