Mum’s warning over "horrendous" deodorant craze sweeping schools

A mum has warned other parents about a "horrendous" deodorant craze sweeping school playgrounds – after her daughter was left severely burnt.

Jamie Prescott says Year 10 student Ellie suffered second-degree burns after playing the so-called "Deodorant Challenge" with some pals.

The dangerous game involves spraying deodorant onto a person’s bare skin – such as their arm – for as long as possible, Somerset Live reports.

It has reportedly left Ellie with injuries so bad she may need a skin graft.

Speaking to the news site more than two weeks after the incident, Jamie said: "She [Ellie] still regularly has to see a practice nurse and go to the surgery once a week.

"The incident happened on Tuesday (April 18), but I did not notice anything until she came home from school on the Wednesday as it had blistered up a lot by that stage.

"As you can see from the yellow padding, it is still weeping excessively."

The mum, who lives near Bristol, recently took to social media to describe her daughter’s shocking injuries after playing the ‘challenge’.

She wrote that the game was "doing the rounds" in the South West area.

Ellie, who has recently moved schools, had reportedly gone to the local park with some former schoolmates when she was injured.

Jamie said: "She went out and met with them… for a couple of hours.

"Apparently, when they asked her to put out her arm she did it but she had no idea of the consequences and hadn’t even heard of The Deodorant Challenge before that point.

"Since then other children have asked her what is wrong with her arm and when she has told them, they have then replied that they have also had it done to them and showed her their scars."

Ellie, who claims the game is prevalent at both her previous and current schools, recalled how she got told to put her arm out.

She added that "upon doing so Lynx was sprayed into my arm".

"It seems fairly common, a lot of people have showed me their arms after doing it a while ago," she said. "My new school has sent out a warning to everyone about the dangers of it happening."

Worried Jamie now wants to raise awareness of the game.

"Even if we can prevent just one more child from going through this, it will be worth it," she said.

"I absolutely hate being in the limelight and writing public posts and having attention, but in this particular instance, this challenge really needs to be made as public as possible.

"It’s just horrendous and needs stopping."

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