A 10-year-old girl was left with serious burns after following a TikTok trend at a sleepover. The trend involved making the hands or feet feel icy cold by spraying them with deodrant.
The year five pupil sprayed the can just an inch from her skin for around 10 seconds, in an act her mother branded “stupidity”. She said: “10 seconds of stupidity has left her with two years of pain.”
The family tried to treat the resulting burns at home, but after 24 hours decided to take the girl to hospital. They were referred to the plastics team, whotold the family that the wounds are likely to take 18-months to two years to completely, the Mirror reports .
They added that the girl may need plastic surgery. The mum-of-three said: “They were just messing about with the deodorant can.
“I couldn’t believe it when I saw her hands, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. She’s basically given herself frostbite.
“Her friend did it first, but not for as long and then she gave it a go … It was such a shock, because she is such a sensible little girl normally, she never gets in trouble, she’s not one you need to tell off all the time.
She added: “She just had a lapse of common sense.”
The 39-year-old mum from Hertfordshire added that her daughter’s summer is ruined as she can’t go out in the sunshine with her burnt hands or jump into a swimming pool.
“She has been very quiet since, she has been in a lot of pain, but has gone straight back to school,” she added.
In a warning to other parents she added: “Just keep reminding them not to take part in idiotic trends like this, those 10 seconds have ruined her next few years.”
A TikTok spokeswoman said: “We care deeply about the safety and wellbeing of our community.
“We actively remove content that depicts dangerous challenges and prompt people who search for it to visit our Safety Centre, where they can find an in-app guide for engaging with an online challenge, developed with leading youth safety experts.”