New Internet Challenge Is Putting Kids To Hospital

A new internet challenge is getting popular now, but doctors are warning parents: teens and tweens alike has been rushed to the hospital after doing the fad. Doctors are begging parents to talk about the harmful effect of this challenge known as “salt and ice.”

This new internet challenge is far more dangerous than ice bucket challenge and mannequin challenge that took the world by storm in the past. The danger of the “salt and ice” challenge is likely to give those who try it second-degree burns much like that of a frostbite. The bad thing is, they don’t know it’s actually happening to them.

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The challenge is to put ice and salt together on the skin and the kid who stands the pain the longest wins…well, not really. Salt and ice might not seem dangerous, but they are. Salt is an agent that lowers the temperature of ice to as low as 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit. This is so cold that it can be extremely painful and burn the skin.

However, the ice reddens and numbs the part where it is in contact with. This makes the pain much more tolerable for a while longer than it should be. The effects only come when the ice has melted away. The challenge is giving kids second-degree burns without them knowing it.

It only takes 5 to 10 minutes for permanent damage to happen. Kids who have tried the challenge are posting proofs on their social media, making the challenge more popular. Despite the proof of burns, more kids are trying it out of curiosity. In fact, kids as young as 8 years old are reported doing the said internet craze.

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According to Dr. Brian Wegers, pediatrician at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, Indiana, the challenge has been around for a while. It was only lately that it got the attention of the younger audience. He said in an interview that he has already treated a number of children who acquired injury after doing the challenge in the last year alone.

“Some of the pictures you’ll see on the internet and YouTube, those kids have third-degree burns. I mean, it turns it to leather essentially. So you lose the blood vessels that are in there. You lose sensation, because of the nerve endings … You’ll never have hair if you did it on your arms. So you’ll have a bald patch.”

Doctors are now asking parents to talk to their children and emphasize on the harmful effects of this challenge. They should also monitor their kids’ social media activities to see whether they or their friends are doing it and posting the effects on social media so they can be given immediate medical assistance.

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Source: Life Aspire