A 10-year-old girl has been left with excruciating burns after trying a TikTok trend.
The schoolgirl, who has been left needing surgery for the wound, was having a sleepover at a friend’s house when they decided to try the trend which had been circulating on the social media platform. As part of the trend, participants spray deodorant on their hand until it feels ice cold.
While the girl’s friend only sprayed the can for a few seconds, the girl left it on for approximately 10 seconds. Her mum is now speaking out after describing how much pain her child has suffered.
Speaking to the Mirror, the mum said: “10 seconds of stupidity has left her with two years of pain.” Initially, the girl tried to treat her burn and pain at home in Hertfordshire before heading to the hospital the following day.
The doctor referred the girl to a plastics team who said it could take around 18 months to two years for the wound to heal completely while noting 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 just had a lapse of common sense.”
She added: “She has been very quiet since, she has been in a lot of pain, but has gone straight back to school.” 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.”