County: State law requires parental consent for body piercing of minors

medfr19787by Andrew Henderson

Those under the age of 18 seeking to have parts of their bodies pierced will need written consent from a parent or legal guardian.

The state law took effect Oct. 28. It prohibits body piercing on a person under 18 years of age unless the person provides the body-piercing establishment with written consent from a parent or legal guardian.

The parent or legal guardian must sign a New York State Department of Health consent form in the presence of the owner of the body art establishment or in the presence of the body artist.

The written consent form expires 12 months from the date it is signed. The new law applies to piercing of any part of the body — except the ear.

Body piercing carries health risks such as infection and blood-borne disease transmission, as well as allergic reactions, prolonged bleeding, swelling, scarring and general discomfort, according to Jiancheng Huang, public health director for the Oswego County Health Department.

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