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AAP offers guidelines to reduce risks linked to body art in teens

AAP offers guidelines to reduce risks linked to body art in teens
September 18, 2017

Read the Perspective from Elizabeth M. Alderman, MD

CHICAGO — Parents of teenagers considering tattoos, piercings or scarification — cutting, burning or branding the skin — are encouraged to inform their pediatrician to facilitate a discussion of consequences and potential risks associated with body modifications, according to a policy statement from the AAP’s Committee on Adolescence.

The statement was released in conjunction with the 2017 AAP National Conference and Exhibition.

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