Tensions over teen tattoos

Teen tattoos: Half of parents concerned about negative health effects, impact on employment

1 in 10 parents thought a tattoo for a teen 16-17 years would be okay as a reward or to mark a special occasion/remembrance. About half of parents were very concerned about negative health effects of tattoos, such as scarring, infection, or the transmission of diseases like hepatitis or HIV. Half of parents were very concerned that employers might judge or stereotype their teen unfavorably if they had a tattoo.

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How to handle headaches: A parenting challenge

Parents often unsure whether, where to seek medical care for children's headaches

Two-thirds of parents report their child has had a headache not related to a fall or head injury. 1 in 6 would withhold pain relief medicine so the doctor could see how bad their child's headache is. Parents vary in whether they would take children to the ER for headache with neck stiffness and fever, possible signs of meningitis.

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Thrill ride: Keeping kids safe at amusement parks and carnivals

Heading to the amusement park? 1 in 5 parents did not talk about what to do if kids got lost

9 out of 10 parents definitely would report a ride operator suspected of being drunk or on drugs to a person in authority at an amusement park or carnival. 6 out of 10 parents think ride operators at amusement parks and carnivals should have random alcohol and drug tests. 1 in 5 parents had not talked with their child about what to do if they got lost at an amusement park or carnival.

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Safe to eat? Parent food safety practices for their children

1 in 10 parents say their child has gotten sick from spoiled or contaminated food

1 in 10 parents reported their child had ever gotten sick from eating spoiled or contaminated food. One-third of parents say their child has gotten sick from food eaten at their own home. Parents cite restaurants as the most common source of food poisoning, but only 25% check health inspection ratings before dining out.

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