San Francisco Child Protective Services is investigating a mother who stunned the nation when she told Good Morning America last Thursday that she injects her 8-year-old daughter with Botox. Viewers of Good Morning America couldn’t believe their eyes when a California mom, Kerry, showed how she gave her daughter, Britney, Botox injections to give her an edge in beauty pageants. Mom Kerry, who is a San Francisco based part-time aesthetician, said that it was Britney who suggested getting the treatment. She said that she typically gives Britney five shots in different areas of her face for each treatment.
The story was quickly picked by news outlets around the nation and as far away as Sydney and Belfast. Outraged viewers quickly flooded San Francisco’s Child Protective Services line with complaints and concerns about Britney. Trent Rhorer from the agency announced shortly after the story aired that they are launching an investigation and working with the police department. According to ABC Local, Rhorer said that they “need to sit down and talk with the mom, talk with the child, and see what’s going on.”
While Botox is a prescription medicine with multiple uses, it is most known for temporarily getting rid of wrinkles and frown lines of aging patients. The Food and Drug Administration does not recommend injecting it for cosmetic purposes for anyone under 18 years of age. Additionally, it should be administered by a licensed doctor. Botox can be life threatening to patients who develop an allergic reaction to the drug and have undesirable effects, such as drooping eyelids, when administered incorrectly. The Medical Board of California states that only physicians, or licensed vocational nurses, physical assistants, or registered nurses working under a doctor’s supervision, may inject the drug. In a clear violation of the medical board’s ruling, Kerry told Good Morning America that she gets her Botox from a “trusted source,” “a behind-the-scene doctor.” At this point, it’s unclear what kind of action will be taken against Kerry. One thing that is certain, though, is that this story has unleashed a fresh debate on the dangers of unnecessary cosmetic procedures.