US mum takes to Instagram to express her anger at a magazine that suggested “waxing and plucking”  hair on a toddler’s upper lip.

A section in the magazine “Normal or Not” shared the question “Hair on a Preschooler’s Upper Lip”.

The article highlighted that facial hair in children is normal but that thick or coarse strands are “only a problem when it starts to impact their happiness and self-esteem”.

They advised parents to see a doctor to ensure their child isn’t experiencing hormonal imbalance, but also suggested the beauty treatments as a “safe” option for removing a preschooler’s “moustache”.

The blogger questioned the message it’s sending kids about body image.

“I am APPALLED at @parents magazine for this article stating that it is okay to wax or pluck your PRESCHOOLER’S ‘mustache’,” she wrote in the caption.

“The featured picture even makes me angry. What is this teaching our young children about appearances? It is absurd!”

Do you think this sends the wrong message?

Share your comments below.

  • Kids are being made to grow up earlier and earlier these days :(


  • This does seem pretty extreme – and not a “problem” I’ve ever heard of.


  • They have to be kidding! Leave the child alone, if it is that bad seek medical advice, otherwise, back off and let the child be a child.

    • I agree totally – eliminate medical issues and then let a child grow and be happy and confidant with their appearance.


  • I am both appalled and disgusted at this parenting advice. Babies are born with hair and toddlers, teens and adults all have hair – of course, apart from medical conditions that cause the loss of hair in some people. Hair is normal and supposed imperfections as seen through some eyes are normal too. The message needs to be delivered to our children that hair is normal and hair is ok and a person can be happy with hair. No child should be made to feel like their appearance needs to be altered to be accepted by others.


  • When a child really grows a moustache, it would be the best to seek medical advice. While getting the hormonal balance sorted it isn’t wrong in my opinion, to look at the cosmetic aspect as well (in the same way you correct croocked teeth with braces and extreem floppy ears with an operation).


  • I don’t believe any child has this done at a young age.


  • I feel at this age it’s a bit extreme to go to those lengths. The only time it could considered is if the child is being bullied. Even then maybe dealing with the situation ( i.e. Dealing with the bully and giving the child tools to use to cope ) could be tried first


  • If a child that young needs hair removal then I’d assume there is something going on healthwise to cause it. If it only bothered me and not them then I would leave it but if it was making them miserable I’d look into how best to get it removed.


  • I would have never imagined that there are parents waxing or plucking a small child!!


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