Of Course, 8 is Too Young for Botox ® UPDATE

UPDATE: The mother of the 8-year-old has lost custody of her child, after an investigation was launched by San Francisco Human Services, according to ABC news today.

Has the intense need for perfection led some parents to extremes in seeking Botox ®  injections  for their young children?   The short answer is, yes!   Today Good Morning America  featured a story about a mother giving her 8-year-old Botox injections to gain a competitive edge for children’s beauty pageants!   I find this extremely disturbing and quite alarming to further find out that sadly this seems to be a rather common occurrence in the pageant circuit.

According to Allergan,  for Botox ®, the protocol is as follows:

Botox ®  Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) in people 18 to 65 years of age for a short period of time.                                                                IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION FROM ALLERGAN

Botox ®  Cosmetic may cause serious side effects that can be life threatening, for hours to weeks following an injection of Botox ®

I have to believe that no reputable physician would inject a child with a cosmetic treatment of this nature.   Besides being unethical, there can be serious consequences for the child, both physical and emotional.   While Botox has been proven to be safe for adults over 18, it is certainly off-limits for children.   The practice seems abusive to me and I can’t imagine any sane parent subjecting to a child to these injections.

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