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what to do if your child gets a tatoo

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what to do if your child gets a tatoo
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Parenting
Expert:  Dr. Gupta replied 3 years ago.
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ParentingMD :

How old is he? And what all are your concerns?

Customer :

he is 14.

Customer :

I also specifically told him not to

Customer :

He is a great ki

Customer :

kid

Customer :

really smart

Customer :

He has great skin and is very handsome and this just damaged his appearance

Customer :

I think this is some identity thing. I recently gained custody of him and his three brothers.

ParentingMD :

I can understand that

ParentingMD :

I believe that age (teenager) & the custody issues both can have something to do with it

Customer :

So what should be the approach going forward

ParentingMD :

As far as your health concerns are concerned

ParentingMD :

Ink poisoning is NOT likely at this age, though he should be asked about if the guy doing the tattoos was certified, since there would be other concerns like infections (local & systemic)

Customer :

well he did the work himself with needles and ink

Customer :

So I am not sure how to approach this because he is normally such a good kid

Customer :

I don't want to ruin our relationship but this is really really unacceptable

ParentingMD :

Ok

ParentingMD :

If he has done by himself then I would recommend sitting down and talking to him

ParentingMD :

regarding the health risks and the reasons why he wanted to get this done

ParentingMD :

Take time to try and listen to his side fo the stor

ParentingMD :

Story

ParentingMD :

be patient

ParentingMD :

Teenage times are frustrating for him as well

ParentingMD :

Stay with him as a friend and a confidant

ParentingMD :

and things should work out

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