Mum's warning as son scarred for life by "Henna" tattoo

Mum's warning as son scarred for life by "Henna" tattoo

Mum's warning as son scarred for life by "Henna" tattoo

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A BOY has been left scarred for life after a holiday “Henna” tattoo went horribly wrong.

Liam Sayer, eight, had a temporary tattoo of his favourite Star Wars character, Darth Maul, painted on his shoulder at the end of a two-week holiday, at a Five-star hotel in Egypt.

But a week after arriving home, on his birthday, Liam woke to discover the tattoo had turned bright red, blistered and was swollen and weeping.

His horrified mum Sharon said: “I have never seen anything like it in my life.

“It was totally red raw. The only way I can describe it is it looked like when a cattle had been branded, it was all raised.

“The doctor said ‘how on earth could you allow him to have it?

You could have come home without your son. It could have killed him, it could have poisoned him!’ “I was horrified, I was mortified to think I had allowed it to happen.

“Since then, we have had so many doctors’ appointments, a few at the hospital, sleepless nights and three tubes of steroid cream.”

Sharon, 45, of Basildon, and her four-year-old daughter Lacy also had the tattoos, on July 7, which were advertised as Henna, however Liam’s tattoo was carried out by a different artist.

Doctors told her it was one of the worst allergic reactions they had seen and Liam will have to stay out of the sun for the remainder of the summer holidays to avoid it flaring up again.

Sharon had no idea it could be so dangerous and has chosen to speak out to warn other parents of the dangers of the black ink, which is often called Henna, but is a cheap imitation of the reddish brown ink, which is safe.

She said: “It has been really terrible. It has ruined his sixweek holiday, it has been weeks, but he is only just allowed out to play with the neighbours. It has been horrible.

“The black ink is only legal to use in hair dye.

“The only country to make it illegal is Canada.

It should be illegal everywhere, especially for children.

“I want to make other parents aware of its consequences. If I’d have seen a warning there is no way I would have allowed it to be done.”

The allergic reaction is slowly fading, but Liam has to be careful of going out in the sun and has been told the scars will never tan as he gets older.

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8:01am Wed 13 Aug 14

Eastwoodian says...

Is the fact that they had a 'two-week holiday, at a Five-star hotel in Egypt' relevant to this story ?

You'd have thought that someone, who clearly has money, should have more sense than to allow her son to have that monstrosity daubed on his back in the first place.

I guess that along with happiness, money can't buy you class . . .
Is the fact that they had a 'two-week holiday, at a Five-star hotel in Egypt' relevant to this story ? You'd have thought that someone, who clearly has money, should have more sense than to allow her son to have that monstrosity daubed on his back in the first place. I guess that along with happiness, money can't buy you class . . . Eastwoodian
  • Score: 34

8:10am Wed 13 Aug 14

Kim Gandy says...

I would never have allowed this in the first place, particularly not somewhere like Egypt where there aren't the kind of hygiene regulations covering such things, as there are in this country.

I'd have been dubious in the first place about anyone using a device like this on my children. Even in this country I still wouldn't like it as there is potential for a skin reaction on the very delicate skin of children.

But out in Egypt, in intense heat and with people who probably pay no attention to the hygiene of the equipment they use, I'd steer well clear.

“The doctor said ‘how on earth could you allow him to have it?...."

It's called common sense. Or lack of.

No point complaining after the event. If you will allow your kids to undergo such procedures, particularly in a foreign country, you must bear the consequences. In this case, Liam will be bearing them, as it appears now that part of his skin will be affected for life.

I hope Liam is able to salvage something of his six week holiday.
I would never have allowed this in the first place, particularly not somewhere like Egypt where there aren't the kind of hygiene regulations covering such things, as there are in this country. I'd have been dubious in the first place about anyone using a device like this on my children. Even in this country I still wouldn't like it as there is potential for a skin reaction on the very delicate skin of children. But out in Egypt, in intense heat and with people who probably pay no attention to the hygiene of the equipment they use, I'd steer well clear. “The doctor said ‘how on earth could you allow him to have it?...." It's called common sense. Or lack of. No point complaining after the event. If you will allow your kids to undergo such procedures, particularly in a foreign country, you must bear the consequences. In this case, Liam will be bearing them, as it appears now that part of his skin will be affected for life. I hope Liam is able to salvage something of his six week holiday. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 17

8:27am Wed 13 Aug 14

Robin Reliant says...

"She said: “It has been really terrible. It has ruined his sixweek holiday, it has been weeks, but he is only just allowed out to play with the neighbours. It has been horrible.

“The black ink is only legal to use in hair dye.

“The only country to make it illegal is Canada.

It should be illegal everywhere, especially for children. "

yeah tell yourself that Sharon...Doh.





silly thing to do to kids inc a 4 year old !!, now they are paying the price, live and learn by stupidity, guess you should have kept him in school after all.
"She said: “It has been really terrible. It has ruined his sixweek holiday, it has been weeks, but he is only just allowed out to play with the neighbours. It has been horrible. “The black ink is only legal to use in hair dye. “The only country to make it illegal is Canada. It should be illegal everywhere, especially for children. " yeah tell yourself that Sharon...Doh. silly thing to do to kids inc a 4 year old !!, now they are paying the price, live and learn by stupidity, guess you should have kept him in school after all. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 24

8:34am Wed 13 Aug 14

Now listen for I have something to say says...

Time for social services to get involved, in regards to the standards of care, shown by this excuse for a Mother, you Madam are not a fit Guardian.
Time for social services to get involved, in regards to the standards of care, shown by this excuse for a Mother, you Madam are not a fit Guardian. Now listen for I have something to say
  • Score: -6

8:39am Wed 13 Aug 14

sesibollox says...

What sort of Moronic Mother has children aged 8 & 4 tattooed ?
What sort of Moronic Mother has children aged 8 & 4 tattooed ? sesibollox
  • Score: 21

8:40am Wed 13 Aug 14

sesibollox says...

Eastwoodian wrote:
Is the fact that they had a 'two-week holiday, at a Five-star hotel in Egypt' relevant to this story ?

You'd have thought that someone, who clearly has money, should have more sense than to allow her son to have that monstrosity daubed on his back in the first place.

I guess that along with happiness, money can't buy you class . . .
Five Star in Egypt = Five wash basins
[quote][p][bold]Eastwoodian[/bold] wrote: Is the fact that they had a 'two-week holiday, at a Five-star hotel in Egypt' relevant to this story ? You'd have thought that someone, who clearly has money, should have more sense than to allow her son to have that monstrosity daubed on his back in the first place. I guess that along with happiness, money can't buy you class . . .[/p][/quote]Five Star in Egypt = Five wash basins sesibollox
  • Score: 15

11:02am Wed 13 Aug 14

bob7 says...

I don't have kids. I don't have tattoos but even I know that these henna dies are dangerous as they are often fake. Many consumer and holiday programmes have highlighted the dangers.
I don't have kids. I don't have tattoos but even I know that these henna dies are dangerous as they are often fake. Many consumer and holiday programmes have highlighted the dangers. bob7
  • Score: 16

11:10am Wed 13 Aug 14

Bester says...

“The doctor said ‘how on earth could you allow him to have it? You could have come home without your son. It could have killed him, it could have poisoned him!’

If the doctor truly said this, they don't deserve to practice.
“The doctor said ‘how on earth could you allow him to have it? You could have come home without your son. It could have killed him, it could have poisoned him!’ If the doctor truly said this, they don't deserve to practice. Bester
  • Score: -4

11:44am Wed 13 Aug 14

Charlie boy says...

Wonder if they got fined for taking there kids out of school??
Wonder if they got fined for taking there kids out of school?? Charlie boy
  • Score: 19

11:56am Wed 13 Aug 14

_Lotus_ says...

sesibollox wrote:
What sort of Moronic Mother has children aged 8 & 4 tattooed ?
Henna tattoos are not permanent, they wear off after a couple of weeks,
leaving nothing there, unless of course, the poor sod is allergic to the dye which is what happened to this kid.
[quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: What sort of Moronic Mother has children aged 8 & 4 tattooed ?[/p][/quote]Henna tattoos are not permanent, they wear off after a couple of weeks, leaving nothing there, unless of course, the poor sod is allergic to the dye which is what happened to this kid. _Lotus_
  • Score: 9

12:02pm Wed 13 Aug 14

ravnos says...

henna tattoo does not involve needles or breaking the skin to put ink underneath it. (much the same as drawing on himself with a sharpie!) In this case, the boy had a reaction to the ink used, not the process. Maybe people commenting should do some research to understand the difference between henna and traditional/real tattooing.

Poor boy will have to wear a shirt for the rest of summer... Aaaahh!

5 mins of fame, over and done with!
henna tattoo does not involve needles or breaking the skin to put ink underneath it. (much the same as drawing on himself with a sharpie!) In this case, the boy had a reaction to the ink used, not the process. Maybe people commenting should do some research to understand the difference between henna and traditional/real tattooing. Poor boy will have to wear a shirt for the rest of summer... Aaaahh! 5 mins of fame, over and done with! ravnos
  • Score: 11

12:23pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Robin Reliant says...

ravnos wrote:
henna tattoo does not involve needles or breaking the skin to put ink underneath it. (much the same as drawing on himself with a sharpie!) In this case, the boy had a reaction to the ink used, not the process. Maybe people commenting should do some research to understand the difference between henna and traditional/real tattooing.

Poor boy will have to wear a shirt for the rest of summer... Aaaahh!

5 mins of fame, over and done with!
yes we all know what henna is thanks, still why get your little kids to have one plastered across their backs.? i mean a 4 year old..think about it? kids growing up too fast helped by parents, get them a electronic ciggie too whilst they're at it, what would the school say if he turned up with neck tatts or tribal tatts on arms and legs, even if it is in Henna.
Dumb.
[quote][p][bold]ravnos[/bold] wrote: henna tattoo does not involve needles or breaking the skin to put ink underneath it. (much the same as drawing on himself with a sharpie!) In this case, the boy had a reaction to the ink used, not the process. Maybe people commenting should do some research to understand the difference between henna and traditional/real tattooing. Poor boy will have to wear a shirt for the rest of summer... Aaaahh! 5 mins of fame, over and done with![/p][/quote]yes we all know what henna is thanks, still why get your little kids to have one plastered across their backs.? i mean a 4 year old..think about it? kids growing up too fast helped by parents, get them a electronic ciggie too whilst they're at it, what would the school say if he turned up with neck tatts or tribal tatts on arms and legs, even if it is in Henna. Dumb. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 15

12:27pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Robin Reliant says...

ravnos wrote:
henna tattoo does not involve needles or breaking the skin to put ink underneath it. (much the same as drawing on himself with a sharpie!) In this case, the boy had a reaction to the ink used, not the process. Maybe people commenting should do some research to understand the difference between henna and traditional/real tattooing.

Poor boy will have to wear a shirt for the rest of summer... Aaaahh!

5 mins of fame, over and done with!
how about this for research...


http://www.dailymail
.co.uk/news/article-
2299140/FDA-warns-hi
dden-dangers-tempora
ry-henna-tattoos-bur
n-blister-leave-skin
-scarred-life.html


http://www.fda.gov/F
orConsumers/Consumer
Updates/ucm343932.ht
m

http://www.livestron
g.com/article/116222
-health-risks-tempor
ary-tattoos-children
/
[quote][p][bold]ravnos[/bold] wrote: henna tattoo does not involve needles or breaking the skin to put ink underneath it. (much the same as drawing on himself with a sharpie!) In this case, the boy had a reaction to the ink used, not the process. Maybe people commenting should do some research to understand the difference between henna and traditional/real tattooing. Poor boy will have to wear a shirt for the rest of summer... Aaaahh! 5 mins of fame, over and done with![/p][/quote]how about this for research... http://www.dailymail .co.uk/news/article- 2299140/FDA-warns-hi dden-dangers-tempora ry-henna-tattoos-bur n-blister-leave-skin -scarred-life.html http://www.fda.gov/F orConsumers/Consumer Updates/ucm343932.ht m http://www.livestron g.com/article/116222 -health-risks-tempor ary-tattoos-children / Robin Reliant
  • Score: 7

1:11pm Wed 13 Aug 14

RobertFS says...

tattoos, henna or otherwise.
rank stupidity of the parents.
rank stupidity of anyone allowing someone to draw a cartoon or anything else on their body.
years ago a tattoo on men probably meant that they were a seaman who had got drunk in a foreigh port.
women who had tattoos were tarts, slappers or maybe prostitutes.
times have changed; lots of men now thing it's big to have their arms, backs, necks & legs daubed with rubbish.
regrettably people like Beckham have led the way for men.
not much has changed for women although there are a few women who think it's clever but just wait a while until their skin goes saggy!
tattoos, henna or otherwise. rank stupidity of the parents. rank stupidity of anyone allowing someone to draw a cartoon or anything else on their body. years ago a tattoo on men probably meant that they were a seaman who had got drunk in a foreigh port. women who had tattoos were tarts, slappers or maybe prostitutes. times have changed; lots of men now thing it's big to have their arms, backs, necks & legs daubed with rubbish. regrettably people like Beckham have led the way for men. not much has changed for women although there are a few women who think it's clever but just wait a while until their skin goes saggy! RobertFS
  • Score: 9

1:15pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Controversial1 says...

Why is the Nan posing with the kids and not the mum?
Why is the Nan posing with the kids and not the mum? Controversial1
  • Score: 5

1:27pm Wed 13 Aug 14

pembury53 says...

you have to question the moral compass of anyone prepared to holiday in a savage dictatorship like Egypt, the plight of the imprisoned and probably tortured journalists should be enough for most decent people to avoid that country like the plague....... good luck with the compensation claim though, try the tour operator to kick off
you have to question the moral compass of anyone prepared to holiday in a savage dictatorship like Egypt, the plight of the imprisoned and probably tortured journalists should be enough for most decent people to avoid that country like the plague....... good luck with the compensation claim though, try the tour operator to kick off pembury53
  • Score: 5

1:41pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Robin Reliant says...

RobertFS wrote:
tattoos, henna or otherwise.
rank stupidity of the parents.
rank stupidity of anyone allowing someone to draw a cartoon or anything else on their body.
years ago a tattoo on men probably meant that they were a seaman who had got drunk in a foreigh port.
women who had tattoos were tarts, slappers or maybe prostitutes.
times have changed; lots of men now thing it's big to have their arms, backs, necks & legs daubed with rubbish.
regrettably people like Beckham have led the way for men.
not much has changed for women although there are a few women who think it's clever but just wait a while until their skin goes saggy!
Oooo don't you just love those Angel wings on the tubby chicks back, or kids names on necks.
[quote][p][bold]RobertFS[/bold] wrote: tattoos, henna or otherwise. rank stupidity of the parents. rank stupidity of anyone allowing someone to draw a cartoon or anything else on their body. years ago a tattoo on men probably meant that they were a seaman who had got drunk in a foreigh port. women who had tattoos were tarts, slappers or maybe prostitutes. times have changed; lots of men now thing it's big to have their arms, backs, necks & legs daubed with rubbish. regrettably people like Beckham have led the way for men. not much has changed for women although there are a few women who think it's clever but just wait a while until their skin goes saggy![/p][/quote]Oooo don't you just love those Angel wings on the tubby chicks back, or kids names on necks. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 7

1:54pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Sensible Man says...

Crumbs - this lady must have a jolly good job to afford two weeks at 5* hotels. Any vacancies, please??
Crumbs - this lady must have a jolly good job to afford two weeks at 5* hotels. Any vacancies, please?? Sensible Man
  • Score: 7

1:57pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Robin Reliant says...

Sensible Man wrote:
Crumbs - this lady must have a jolly good job to afford two weeks at 5* hotels. Any vacancies, please??
cheap in school term time though, probably a few hundred knicker full board.
[quote][p][bold]Sensible Man[/bold] wrote: Crumbs - this lady must have a jolly good job to afford two weeks at 5* hotels. Any vacancies, please??[/p][/quote]cheap in school term time though, probably a few hundred knicker full board. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 7

3:39pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Eastwoodian says...

RobertFS wrote:
tattoos, henna or otherwise.
rank stupidity of the parents.
rank stupidity of anyone allowing someone to draw a cartoon or anything else on their body.
years ago a tattoo on men probably meant that they were a seaman who had got drunk in a foreigh port.
women who had tattoos were tarts, slappers or maybe prostitutes.
times have changed; lots of men now thing it's big to have their arms, backs, necks & legs daubed with rubbish.
regrettably people like Beckham have led the way for men.
not much has changed for women although there are a few women who think it's clever but just wait a while until their skin goes saggy!
there known as 'tramp stamps' on women for a reason ;-)
[quote][p][bold]RobertFS[/bold] wrote: tattoos, henna or otherwise. rank stupidity of the parents. rank stupidity of anyone allowing someone to draw a cartoon or anything else on their body. years ago a tattoo on men probably meant that they were a seaman who had got drunk in a foreigh port. women who had tattoos were tarts, slappers or maybe prostitutes. times have changed; lots of men now thing it's big to have their arms, backs, necks & legs daubed with rubbish. regrettably people like Beckham have led the way for men. not much has changed for women although there are a few women who think it's clever but just wait a while until their skin goes saggy![/p][/quote]there known as 'tramp stamps' on women for a reason ;-) Eastwoodian
  • Score: 7

4:14pm Wed 13 Aug 14

CaptainBlackadder says...

Eastwoodian wrote:
RobertFS wrote:
tattoos, henna or otherwise.
rank stupidity of the parents.
rank stupidity of anyone allowing someone to draw a cartoon or anything else on their body.
years ago a tattoo on men probably meant that they were a seaman who had got drunk in a foreigh port.
women who had tattoos were tarts, slappers or maybe prostitutes.
times have changed; lots of men now thing it's big to have their arms, backs, necks & legs daubed with rubbish.
regrettably people like Beckham have led the way for men.
not much has changed for women although there are a few women who think it's clever but just wait a while until their skin goes saggy!
there known as 'tramp stamps' on women for a reason ;-)
Just come back from Holiday in sunny climes - could always tell who were Brits by the women all seeming to have gaudy tattoos - looked dreadful compared to other nationalities who don't seem to have the same urge.Men easily spotted by them always seeming to wear either football shirts or polo shirts with horizontal stripes (as supplied by George at Asda and Primark)
[quote][p][bold]Eastwoodian[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RobertFS[/bold] wrote: tattoos, henna or otherwise. rank stupidity of the parents. rank stupidity of anyone allowing someone to draw a cartoon or anything else on their body. years ago a tattoo on men probably meant that they were a seaman who had got drunk in a foreigh port. women who had tattoos were tarts, slappers or maybe prostitutes. times have changed; lots of men now thing it's big to have their arms, backs, necks & legs daubed with rubbish. regrettably people like Beckham have led the way for men. not much has changed for women although there are a few women who think it's clever but just wait a while until their skin goes saggy![/p][/quote]there known as 'tramp stamps' on women for a reason ;-)[/p][/quote]Just come back from Holiday in sunny climes - could always tell who were Brits by the women all seeming to have gaudy tattoos - looked dreadful compared to other nationalities who don't seem to have the same urge.Men easily spotted by them always seeming to wear either football shirts or polo shirts with horizontal stripes (as supplied by George at Asda and Primark) CaptainBlackadder
  • Score: 10

5:07pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Howard Cháse says...

That 'henna' dye made from human and camel excrement can be a bit toxic apparently...
That 'henna' dye made from human and camel excrement can be a bit toxic apparently... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 3

5:18pm Wed 13 Aug 14

pussycats says...

These Henna tattoos, have for years , been strongly advised against, especially abroad. There have been numerous cases of allergies and infections, following such "body paintings". I suggest, that all Travel Agencies, should make the risk of such, mandatory, in all their brochures, inquiries and sales.
These Henna tattoos, have for years , been strongly advised against, especially abroad. There have been numerous cases of allergies and infections, following such "body paintings". I suggest, that all Travel Agencies, should make the risk of such, mandatory, in all their brochures, inquiries and sales. pussycats
  • Score: 12

7:08pm Wed 13 Aug 14

mr_happy says...

Tattoos are disgusting. Why even encourage a child to try one even if it is not real.

Irresponsible parent.....
Tattoos are disgusting. Why even encourage a child to try one even if it is not real. Irresponsible parent..... mr_happy
  • Score: 12

1:59am Thu 14 Aug 14

CHRISTMAS CAROL says...

Now listen for I have something to say wrote:
Time for social services to get involved, in regards to the standards of care, shown by this excuse for a Mother, you Madam are not a fit Guardian.
Dont be ridiculous
[quote][p][bold]Now listen for I have something to say[/bold] wrote: Time for social services to get involved, in regards to the standards of care, shown by this excuse for a Mother, you Madam are not a fit Guardian.[/p][/quote]Dont be ridiculous CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • Score: -2

12:39am Fri 15 Aug 14

MJSMITH says...

don't have to have money to have common sense, is this an assumption that the poor are less intelligent that the rich??
don't have to have money to have common sense, is this an assumption that the poor are less intelligent that the rich?? MJSMITH
  • Score: 1

1:09am Fri 15 Aug 14

LivinginWestcliff says...

That's not his shoulder it's his back! Which one is Darth Maul anyway

and why is the kids grandmother trying to hide behind her fringe, is she hiding a tattoo of batman on her forehead?
That's not his shoulder it's his back! Which one is Darth Maul anyway and why is the kids grandmother trying to hide behind her fringe, is she hiding a tattoo of batman on her forehead? LivinginWestcliff
  • Score: 1

11:04am Tue 19 Aug 14

The King of Southend says...

I have a "Southend United League Two Champions" henna tattoo done every August.

Luckily it wears off by September.
I have a "Southend United League Two Champions" henna tattoo done every August. Luckily it wears off by September. The King of Southend
  • Score: 2

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