A schoolgirl who “messed around with a box of deodorant” after trying to mimic a TikTok trend has been hospitalized and may need plastic surgery.
The ‘normally sane’ girl had a ‘silly’ moment when she sprayed deodorant directly onto the skin of her hands ‘basically giving herself frostbite’, according to her angry mum.
The 10-year-old was having a slumber party at her boyfriend’s house when they saw a TikTok video where someone did the same – and decided to give it a shot, reports the Mirror.
The girl’s friend went first to water the canister for a few seconds, before the other 5th grader tried it.
The second student held the can a centimeter from her delicate skin and sprayed for about 10 seconds.
Her horrified mum told the Mirror: ’10 seconds of stupidity has left her with two years of pain.
After trying to cope with the burn and pain themselves at home in Hertfordshire for the first 24 hours, the family ended up in hospital the following day.
The doctor referred them to a plastic team and said the injuries would likely take 18 months to two years to fully heal, adding that the girl may need plastic surgery.
The mum-of-three said: “They were just playing with the deodorant box.
“I couldn’t believe it when I saw her hands, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. She basically gave herself chilblains.
“Her friend did it first, but not that long, and then she tried.
“It was such a shock, because she’s such a sensible little girl normally, she never gets in trouble, she’s not the one you need to say all the time.
“She just had a lack of common sense.”
The 39-year-old mum added that her daughter’s summer is ruined because she can’t go out in the sun with her hands burnt or jump in a swimming pool.
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“She’s been very quiet since then, she’s been in a lot of pain, but she’s gone straight back to school,” she added.
In a warning to other parents, she added: “Keep reminding them not to participate in silly trends like this, those 10 seconds have ruined her for the next few years.”
A TikTok spokeswoman said: “We care deeply about the safety and well-being of our community.
“We actively remove content that depicts dangerous challenges and encourage people looking for it to visit our Safety Center, where they can find an in-app guide to engaging in an online challenge, developed with leading youth safety experts.”