Under the guidelines, doctors should tell teen patients looking to get tattoos and their parents to check at tattoo shops that they use hygienic practices. The guidelines also advise pediatricians to counsel patients on the potential effects tattoos can have on employment.
These are some of the newly issued advice for pediatricians concerning:
- Remind teens and their families that tattoos are permanent and removal is difficult, expensive and only partially effective.
- Assess the sanitary and hygiene practices of the tattoo parlors and tattoo artists.
- Seek medical care if there are signs and symptoms of infection. Lesions that appear to grow or change within a tattoo require evaluation for neoplasms.
Some of the guidelines for pediatricians talking about body piercing includes:
- Rinsing with nonprescription oral cleansers or topical application of cleansers can help prevent infection after oral piercing.
- At piercing establishments, the piercer should be observed putting on new disposable gloves and removing new equipment from a sterile container.
- Teens contemplating tongue piercing should know of the high incidence of tooth chipping that can occur.
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