Should kids wear tattoos for any reason
A recent online article came to my attention about allergy tattoos for kids (see picture above) marking children with a temporary tattoo to identify an allergy. I am not a fan of any tattoos. I think tattoos are ugly and distract from an otherwise beautiful body. I'm glad tattoos were rare when I was dating & my wife is graffiti clean. Regarding tattooing of children, I know the reasoning behind it is well intentioned but I cannot agree with labeling my child with an advertisement. What's next a UPC code that can read all the child's information with a scanner? What do you think?
It washes off so I don't see a big deal. Actually I think it's a great idea for school trips where the parent won't be there. Then again I don't have an issue with tattoos, and on adults I see it as art. So naturally I wouldn't be too bothered by a temporary tattoo on a child that could save their life.
I think a medic alert tag on a child would be sufficient, but I disagree with tattoos being ugly or offensive. They don't belong on children - but on adults, why not? It is a means of self-expression and though there are a lot of ugly ones certainly, some are actually quite beautiful and expressive with great meaning to the individual.
I would hate to see society ever get to the point of personal UPC type codes - a little too "big brother" for my taste and it's already easy enough for us to invade each others privacy
Interesting! I had not heard of tattoos for children with allergies.
I do know there are a lot of children with peanut allergies than ever before.
1) Last year, my son was at a different school. They had a peanut free atmosphere. He could not take anything to eat with peanuts in it, including tree nuts, to school. It was very difficult trying to find suitable snacks.
2) Over this summer, my son was enrolled in a structured day program. There was a little girl with a peanut allergy and camp officials forgot. One day I arrived to pick up my son and the little girl was laying on the sidewalk waiting for help. In that case I believe, some sort of identification would help her.
3) When my daughter was little, she attended dance classes. We missed a week. The following week, I met a new mom. She said she had been bringing her daughter all along, but the week I missed, her daughter had to be taken out by ambulance. She is allergic to peanuts. The dance teacher forgot to wipe down all the children's hands with wet wipes the mother had provided. The little girl came in contact with peanut residue and was rushed to the emergency room with difficulty breathing.
I believe a medical ID bracelet or necklace is commonly recognized by medical authorities. It can be a beneficial reminder to those that care for children with allergies. And it can save a life.
In fact, as a mother of a child with Autism, I have indeed thought about getting him a medical ID bracelet. I saw on the news this guy got tazed by the police because they didn't know he was having a seizure and thought he was trying to combat authorities. This does worry me as a mom.
I saw this on the news this morning. No, I absolutely don't agree. All I could say as I watched the report is, "What next?"
Tattoos for children? Are these people nuts? I would never consider tattooing my child. A neckless or bracelet? Sure, especially if they have allergies. But never a tattoo. Not even a temporary one. And yes, I've heard of the UPC code/scanner idea. A pathetic attempt at control.
I think it is a good idea especially if the child is not going to be with you. It could save a life. I personally have no tattoos, but I do not mind my child playing with them at all. They have all different designs and many are very pretty. They are fun safe and harmless.
When the child gets older, if they want a tattoo they will get one no matter what others think or say. Letting them play with them as a child is not going to encourage them to get one. I think it is quite the opposite. If you tell them that they are not allowed to wear them, their interest in them will be much stronger in the future, and will probably be more likely to get one.
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