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Botox Injected 8-Year Old Removed From Mother's Custody

Posted May 16 2011 12:00am

The 8-year old California girl who was given botox injections has been temporarily removed from her mother's custody while an investigation is taking place.

Last week Kerry Cambell went on Good Morning America, admitting that she gives botox injections to her 8-year old daughter to prevent wrinkles and prepare her for beauty pageant competitions. Cambell, who is a part-time aesthetician performs botox on herself and told GMA that she does not believe that that she is endangering the health of her child.

“Like I said, I do the botox myself. It's safe,” said Cambell. She went on later in the interview to explain that the medication that she administers (which is from an undisclosed online distributor) is given in a total of 5 shots in different parts of the face.
“It hurts,” said Cambell's daughter, Brittney, before going on to justify her mothers actions by saying, "I just, like, don't, like, think wrinkles are nice on little girls."
After the GMA show aired last week the San Francisco Human Services Agency received hundreds of complaints, setting off an investigation into the incident.
Trent Rohrer, from the agency commented on Friday, "It's pretty unusual for a mom to be injecting an 8-year-old with botox and certainly is grounds for an investigation.”
A source close to the investigation told ABC that Brittney has been removed from her mother's custody for the time being but she is “doing well”.
Is Botox Safe for Kids?
Botox is a derivative from a bacterium known as botulinium toxin. Used for cosmetic as well as medical procedures, botox works by paralyzing the muscles that it is injected in to. There are several risks associated with botox injections which include bruising, pain, and soreness around the injection site. Other more serious complications may include hemorrhaging, muscle “drooping” or weakness, inability to blink or excessive drooling.
Cosmetic procedures are not typically performed on persons under the age of 18 and use of botox for medical purposes in children is uncommon. According to the website of Dr. Abadir, botox Westchester County specialist, botox for medical condition such as uncontrollable blinking or lazy eye is used in children over the age of 12. This dermatology Westchester expert also comments that this procedure is for those who wish to eliminate lines and soften wrinkles – both of which are not present in young children.
It is still unclear whether or not Cambell was acting illegally by giving these injections to her daughter.
Resource: Botox vs. Juvederm
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