Beware Of Salt And Ice Challenge! Warning For Parents And Teachers About The Dangerous Popular Trend Among Teens That Can Cause Serious Burns
August 21, 2018 16:17 By Fabiosa
Let’s admit it: everyone did silly things in their teens, and some even hurt themselves in the process. Today’s teenagers aren’t any different, but it seems they often go too far to get a thrill.
Most of us heard about the dangerous Tide Pod Challenge, which involves kids biting into laundry pods to get views and likes on social media, but this one isn’t the only harmful trend that has emerged recently.
Salt and ice challenge: what is it?
Salt and ice challenge, which started in 2012, may sound innocent. What harm can salt and ice possibly cause? Actually, a combination of these two can cause a serious effect similar to frostbite, which many kids found out the hard way.
The “salt and ice” challenge involves putting salt and ice on the skin and trying to endure the pain resulting from the reaction longer than other participants. The next step is to post the results on social media. But the whole thing may not go the way participants of this challenge have imagined.
The reaction between ice and salt on the skin can cause serious burns, which can leave kids with permanent scars and even worse damage. The Hull Daily Mail reported a case in which one boy sustained irreversible nerve damage to his hand after he took part in the challenge.
The UK’s National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), Net Aware, and other organizations issued warnings to parents and teachers, calling on them to prevent kids from taking part in this and other dangerous challenges.
What to do if someone has a burn
It’s hard to keep an eye on your child at all times, especially when he or she is older, and you need to know what to do if he or she does get hurt. If you, your child, or someone else suffers a burn, here’s what you should do, according to St. John Ambulance:
1. Put the affected area under cold running water for about 10 minutes or until the pain subsides.
2. To prevent further tissue damage and infection, don’t use ice, creams, or gels on the burn.
3. Bandage the affected area with sterile gauze to protect it from infection.
4. If you aren’t sure how severe the burn is, or the burn is on the face, hand, foot or covers an area larger than a person’s hand, seek further medical treatment.
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With all these dangerous challenges that continue to emerge and spread like wildfire, parents have to be extra vigilant. Keep your kids safe!
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