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Should Kids Be Given Botox for Beauty

Updated on November 3, 2014
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"Strives to see the beauty in every creation, even though sometimes the beauty is hidden at first glance." Quote by Sylvestermouse

Here's What I Think About Botox for Beauty for Children

Should Kids Be Given Botox for Beauty?

I recently came across a story about a mother who gives her daughter Botox injections to remove wrinkles in her face. The child is 8 years old and participates in beauty pageants.

I have personally never liked to see children dressed up like models with make-up and adult hair styles, but I am disgusted by the idea of a parent injecting a child with Botox to remove wrinkles. Seriously, what wrinkles could an 8 year old have on her face that justifies such treatment?

I am also deeply concerned about the psychological effects for this child, or any child who is subjected to extreme beauty treatments of any kind.

I do wish to make it clear that this is not a debate about botox being used for Cerebral Palsy patients or other medical treatment. This is just about Botox for Beauty.

Two Updates to this story are provided in this article and follow the original debate.

Botox for Beauty for Children - Say anything about this subject you would like to share.

This is the only debate module in this article, so feel free to speak up!

Should Children be Given Botox for Beauty?

UPDATE ~ 5/16/11

There was so much public outcry about this interview, that CPS (Child Protective Services) is investigating and has removed Britney from her mothers home.

Do You Believe Removing Britany from Her Mother's Home Was the Appropriate Response?

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Updated ~ 5/19/11

Botox Mom, who claimed she gave Botox injections to her daughter, Retracts Story

Further updates will be shared here.

Retraction of Story by Botox Mom

What Do You Think About Her Retraction?

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      I can't believe this is legal or available for people to use it at home. How very sad.

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      Gregory Moore 5 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Kids just need to be kids. They shouldn't be subjected to this.

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      Ramiro88 5 years ago

      This is ridiculous! Botox is an invasive procedure and can harm kids. If you have time please feel free to watch this video about Botox in McAllen

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      Stacy Birch 6 years ago

      It's insane how much people spend on looking young and then go smoke, drink and bath in the sun. If good habits were thought to children, drink water get plenty of sleep, don't go in the sun without sunblock there would be no need for that bovine poison...I never sleep. :-(

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Botox is a surgery to make beauty for people. Botox treatments becomes a very general experience in our daily life.But Botox treatment seems worst for children. It may affect badly for them. SO it is advisable to keep children away from children. But it is stil best for elders. For more information here. Botox pasadena

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      Cinnamonbite 6 years ago

      The botox is just the tip of the iceberg. What is this mother NOT admitting to? She should never get custody of that kid and be sterilized. She has major issues.

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      Debbie 6 years ago from England

      It hadn't even occurred to me that some parents would do this... unbelievable. Blessed by a Squid Angel ;)

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      Snakesmom 6 years ago

      Unbelieveable that any parent would ever even consider Botox for their child. Sad.

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      I have to admit that I daren't share my thoughts!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great topic. I consider giving Botox to children child abuse.

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      Lensrolled to my Toddlers & Tiaras lens (don't worry ... it's a satire!)

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      Paul 6 years ago from Liverpool, England

      @simplyoasis: I'd agree to an immediate assessment by social workers but I wouldn't have thought removal of the child was correct, unless there were other facrors or history not in the reports.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Children just don't have wrinkles! I hadn't heard about this and watched the video and was appalled that this mother thinks its okay to do in the pageant world. I'm shaking my head.

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      simplyoasis 6 years ago

      I do not agree with giving botox to a child!! But I'm more horrified that this child was removed from her mothers home. The interviewer stated there was nothing illegal about botox'ing children, ok then what laws did she break that the state removed her child? Don't jump on the band wagon and punish a family for doing something the public doesn't like!! If you feel so strongly about it change the laws and enforce them on all of those pageant mothers out there!!

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      DaveHiggsVis 6 years ago

      Money talks, I guess...that's America for you.

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      I have seen this story days ago and I was disgusted. Was the mother even thinking about what she did?

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      RetroMom 6 years ago

      I think it should be a crime to do things like this to our children.

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      LouisaDembul 6 years ago

      How very sad. Here we are doing everything we can to make our children feel they are good the way they are. Building their confidence in themselves, giving them a healthy view of themselves. Chlidren have a right to be kids!

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I seen the story of the 8 year old. It is just crazy.

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      tandemonimom lm 6 years ago

      I've been following this story too and it is nauseating. Aside from the values being espoused, I just cannot fathom injecting a CHILD whose nervous system is not fully developed, with a deadly neurotoxin, especially considering that it has not been in use long enough to know what the long-term effects might be! This should be considered criminal child abuse.

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      GiftsBonanza 6 years ago

      How scary! I just don't understand that thinking... I can't even begin to understand!

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      I have never heard of anything like that!!!! But in that beauty pageant world, they are in another reality, believe me.. not a good one either!

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      'Vikk Simmons 6 years ago from Houston

      Wow, amazing, we're all finally agreed. :)

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      DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

      Unbelievable! I can't fathom telling an 8 year old "she isn't pretty enough" and that's the message that mom is sending.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      The Human Body is designed to fit each Type of person, No One Human Body is the Same or ever will be the same! This also incudes Every Dead Person that has Ever Lived, mind Boogling isn't it!!

      Being Different is Always Good and Who You Are is Awesome!

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      Ruthi 6 years ago

      I fail to understand why we cannot accept ourselves (and others) as a creation of beauty -- just the way we are! I don't feel the need for botox for adults, never mind for children -- unless it's for medical reasons, of course.

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      Carol 6 years ago from Arkansas

      I think it is as bad as teenage girls getting breast implants.

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      Joan4 6 years ago

      Why can't we just let kids be kids anymore? This entire discussion makes me right weak! For goodness sake! Little girls should be jumping rope and playing with dolls and drawing and coloring and sewing and gardening and enjoying being little girls! brrrrrrrrrrrrr

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      Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      What a horrible idea, but thanks for pointing it out! Poor kids, to think beauty is what defines them:(

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      dellgirl 6 years ago

      Botox for Beauty for Children? NO!

      5 stars for a very informative lens, thumbs up, and favoriting; have a terrific week!

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      GrowWear 6 years ago

      Putting poison in a child's face is despicable. Teaching them that they aren't "enough" is even worse.

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      Laurel Johnson 6 years ago from Washington KS

      I don't think adults should have botox injections, let alone children.

      To me, the obsession with fake beauty is silly and a big waste of money.

      But I'm old and crochety.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 6 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      They're crazy to use Botox on kids! The beauty pageants are bad enough without adding yet another ridiculous way of making kids look like miniature "perfect" adults. Shame on them!

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      The idea of Botox for children seems pretty outrageous to me.

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      Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

      I had heard of these beauty pageants for children that you have in the States and while I'd love to think it was harmless fun this has made it clear that it's not. Why can't children simply be children?