The Latest in Teenage Stupidity – The Cinnamon ChallengeBy Child Safety Specialist March 20, 2012 | 02:00 pmPosted in: Family
Over the years of being a child safety expert I’ve come to
realize that teens will try just about anything for a quick high or a
dare.The latest to add to this list is
The Cinnamon Challenge.It’s been around
for many years but now a new generation has caught on to it and doctors have
brought it to parent’s attention.
Essentially The Cinnamon Challenge involves teens trying to
swallow a tablespoon full of cinnamon in 60 seconds without drinking
water.It causes “dragon breath” as it
burns incredibly and can cause the person doing it to blow out a cloud of
cinnamon dust that looks like smoke.It also usually causes a lot of coughing,
gagging and vomiting.It can also cause
serious medical issues as it
has the potential of burning the lungs and causing long term damage.
While no one has died from it, there are serious health
issues.A young girl from Michigan was
hospitalized for four days because of The Cinnamon Challenge.There are other cases where kids needed
ventilators because they couldn’t breathe.
Unfortunately – and incredibly – it’s not just teens doing
this.Two NBA players attempted the Cinnamon Challenge
and even the Governor of Illinois tried it on a radio show.Great role models.There are tons of YouTube videos showing kids
trying it and even a website dedicated to it.
Parents, to protect your kids make
sure your school has gotten the word out and make sure you talk to your teens
about this as well.
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