You get up in the morning and you spray some deodorant under your arm.
It’s a common part of a morning routine but, worryingly, kids are now using it to give each other serious injuries.
According to sister title SomersetLive, the Deodorant Challenge is sweeping schools and has sparked worried warnings from parents.
Over the years we’ve seen kids create Water Bottle Challenges , the School Bag Challenge, and now they’re obsessed with The Floss. But this is more concerning.
Jamie Prescott’s recent social media post about her year 10 daughter’s injuries after playing “The Deodorant Challenge” has gone viral, and the mother wrote about how the game is “doing the rounds” in the area.
She explained the game involves spraying deodorant onto a person’s bare skin for as long as possible, and has left her daughter with injuries so bad that she may need a skin graft.
Speaking to Somerset Live more than two weeks after her daughter was injured by the game, Jamie Prescott said: “She [daughter 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.”
Ellie has recently moved schools, from Chipping Sodbury School to Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy, but she claims the game is prevalent at both. The worried mother, who lives in Yate, near Bristol, says that her daughter had gone to the local park with some friends from her former school when she was injured.
Jamie said: “She went out and met with them at Kingsgate Park 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 said she got told to put my arm out, and added that “upon doing so Lynx was sprayed into my arm”. She said: “It seems fairly common, a lot of people have showed me their arms after doing it a while ago.
“My old school isn’t doing anything to warn anyone but my new school has sent out a warning to everyone about the dangers of it happening.”
Jamie Prescott added: “Even if we can prevent just one more child from going through this, it will be worth it.
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“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.”
A version of this article appeared on Birmingham Live .
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