Apr 18, 2014 fbook icon twitter icon rss icon

Girl, 8, Gets Botox from Mom: "My Friends Think It's Cool"

Crazy story out of the Sun.  A San Francisco mom admits to regularly injecting her eight year old daughter with mail-order Botox!  According to the article, the mom stated:

“What I am doing for Britney now will help her become a star.

“I know one day she will be a model, actress or singer, and having these treatments now will ensure she stays looking younger and baby-faced for longer.  I’m sure people reading this will think I am being irresponsible, but I ensure that I test the Botox and fillers I buy online on myself first.  All I want is for Britney to have the best start in life, so it is easier for her to become a superstar.”

Her daughter replied:

My friends think it’s cool I have all the treatments and they want to be like me. I check every night for wrinkles, when I see some I want more injections.  They used to hurt, but now I don’t cry that much.  I also want a boob and nose job soon, so that I can be a star.”

Yuck yuck yuck!  There are so many things wrong with this.  Where should I start?  Maybe some bullet points:

-Botulinum toxin is one of the most powerful toxins in the world.  The tiniest amount can cause paralysis and death, especially if administered with untrained hands.  Cosmetically we inject the absolute smallest amount for maximal effect.  Who knows what’s in this mail-order, likely-phony Botox?

-The article states it’s not against the law for the mom to be doing this.  I disagree.  While it may not be against the law to have your daughter undergo medical treatments, it is against the law to poison your child.  Because this product is imported and therefore not FDA approved, it’s contents are unknown and should be considered poison.

-This may be a variant of Munchausen’s by proxy syndrome.  This is psychiatric disorder where a parent subjects their child to unnecessary medical treatments as a way to fulfill the parent’s need for attention.  It is considered a form of child abuse.

-I hope someone has already called up Child Protective Services on this nightmare mom!

I will be discussing this crazy story on ISSUES with Jane Velez-Mitchell on HLN tonight!