Check out this “Good Morning America” story about a mom giving her 8-year-old Botox. I don’t think you’ll be surprised to find out the child competes in pageants.
Britney Campbell and her mom Kerry appeared on “Good Morning America” Thursday to talk about her “beauty regimen.” (See the interview above.)
“(Lara) Spencer asked Britney questions worthy of a horrifying “Law & Order: SVU” episode: can you show me where you do it? Can you point on your face? Of the Botox, Britney remarked, “It hurt sometimes, but I get used to it,” and of the waxing, “It was super, super hard to deal with that…I just don’t think it’s ladylike to have hair on your legs,” however adding that she won’t do it again. At least not for a while.
“Kerry confessed that Britney didn’t actually request either treatment, noting, “We talked about it. She didn’t exactly ask me about it but I know that she was complaining about her face having wrinkles and things like that,” to which Spencer said, “My son will come home and tell me he wants every Xbox game that existed…that doesn’t mean you get it for them.” Snap! “
“But, seriously — then came a slew of photos depicting Britney with bruises, puffy cheeks and ice packs. In the end, the child says she “looks way better, like, beautiful, pretty, like, all those kinds of nice words.” And that might be the most heartbreaking part.”
Wrinkles on an 8-year-old? That is just too much. What must this be doing to the child’s self-esteem?
And I don’t understand if there are laws about giving kids tattoos, wouldn’t you think Botox would fall into that area too?
At the end of the GMA report, Spencer says Botox is legal to inject into kids and can be used for neuro-muscular problems. ABC’s expert thought that a doctor giving a child Botox for wrinkles could be investigated as malpractice though. The mother is a part-time esthetician and has a “source” where she gets her Botox but wouldn’t reveal the name.
The article also criticized the mother for waxing the little girl’s upper legs.
Now I have heard of other mothers waxing eyebrows that were particularly bad on girls just so they didn’t get picked on at school.
Rose asked this year at 10 to have her mono-brow made into two, and I think the waxing is less painful than plucking. So I did go with her to have eyebrow(s) waxed. She did great. She didn’t think it hurt too much and was happy with the results. (I checked the wax to make sure it wouldn’t burn her and had recommendations for the woman who did the waxing.) I think she would only need to do it once a year. (Here is another ABC story about cosmetic surgery to prevent bullying.)
So what is going too far? Facials, waxing, plastic surgery? (I dated a boy that had his ears pinned back by surgery. He claimed his mother did it without him knowing when he went in for another medically necessary surgery.)
What about the Botox? Does that seem on par to you with the tattooing? Should there be laws about that too for kids?
– Theresa Walsh Giarrusso, ajc.com Momania. I have increased my Twitter activity. I am sending out great stories for moms each day focusing on health, fitness, sex, entertainment, food, travel and obviously parenting! So follow me on Twitter at @AJCMOMania!)