Is your 5-year-old daughter ready to wax her upper lip?


As The Sun reported, blogger Sturdy Mom Central was upset when she opened the newest issue of Parents magazine and found an article about how to handle hair on your preschool child’s upper lip.

The magazine wrote it is normal for some young girls and boys to develop thick, coarse hair on the upper lip, adding it shouldn’t be an issue unless it affects the child’s self-esteem.

The article goes on to say the first action parents should take is to talk to the doctor about a hormonal imbalance. If there is no imbalance — and the hair makes the child self-conscious — the article recommends removing the hair with a small pair of straight-bladed scissors. The story continued:

If the hair is too short to cut, waxing and plucking are safe alternatives for kids who can handle the discomfort.

The mom behind Sturdy Mom Central was aghast at the suggestion that young girls should consider waxing their upper lip. As she wrote on Instagram:

I am APPALLED at @parents magazine for this article stating that it is okay to wax or pluck your PRESCHOOLER’S ‘mustache.’ The featured picture even makes me angry. What is this teaching our young children about appearances? It is absurd!

A few other parents weighed in on the Instagram post, agreeing the advice to wax or cut your child’s mustache was upsetting. One wrote:

[One hundred] percent agree. What the heck?!

Another commenter added:

Oh my God. Can you imagine how many children would get cut from razor? Kids skin is so delicate.

However, Dr. Jody Levine, the mom and dermatologist consulted for the article, said her advice was meant to provide information and options for parents. While she agreed that body image and confidence are important, Dr. Levine told HuffPost:

“A parent must also strike a balance and not ignore a child’s call for help. If a child is getting bullied or embarrassed in school as a result of an image that is different from others, it is not good parenting to ignore one’s child’s concerns.”

Dr. Levine added those who criticize the magazine may not understand the depth of the problem:

“A parent must be equipped to help her child when in need and should be aware of her options. Parents Magazine is raising awareness to an issue that although not common, does exist, and parents who criticize the magazine for offering this education are misreading the article and are not adequately considering those children who may be psychologically affected.”

However, the question remains: Does the suggestion that children as young as 3 and 4 wax their upper lips send the wrong message? As Sturdy Mom told Yahoo Lifestyle: “I love Parents magazine but I was appalled when I saw this. What is this teaching about body image? And for preschool?”

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