Parents Should Take Piercing Precautions For Children

CLEVELAND - Body piercing is a fad that parents are dealing with on a daily basis. Many children are getting the work done behind their parents' back, which could lead to some serious safety complications, 19/43 News reported.

In the state of Ohio, it is against the law for children under 18 years old to pierce their body without parental permission. Many teen-ager, however, are piercing their bodies regardless.

Amanda Norman, 13, got her nose pierced, but first she made sure to get her mother's permission.

"I'm really not happy about it," Amanda's mother Melissa Norman said. "I said all right."

"I don't think they are really thinking about the public health issues or their safety and welfare," state health department spokeswoman Diane Strock said.

Strock warned that if a piercing is not done in a sterile environment, then the subject would be risking his or her own life.

There are plenty of salons in Cleveland that offer to perform the service, but before you let your child get pierced, experts suggest checking with the health department to see if they're licensed.