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The Latest Dumb Social Media Challenge Is The ‘Salt And Ice Challenge’ And It’s Harming Children

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We all seem to keep getting dumber in 2018. With every day that passes, it seems that we get another dumb social media challenge.

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Last month it was teens snorting condoms for internet fame. You know a totally normal thing where condoms were being snorted through their noses and coming out their mouths. You can take a look here if you want more details.

Anyways now we have the ‘Salt And Ice Challenge’ which is just as dumb as the condom thing and the Tide Pod Challenge combined.

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Basically the ‘Salt And Ice Challenge’ consists of kids rub salt then ice on their skin. They then wait and see how long they can take the burn. For some reason, these kids have been reporting nerve damage, loss of feeling in their skin, as well as some very severe burns.

It seems that the challenge has been going on since 2012, but it just recently started picking up steam again.

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It’s gotten so bad recently that the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) issued a statement according to The Daily Mail:

“It’s important for schools keep a close eye on all emerging trends and we welcome the police’s warning to head teachers. The rise of social media has contributed to increasing peer pressure amongst children and this ‘craze’ is another clear example of the risks.”

Let’s take a look at the most recent images and videos on social media. I think natural selection is a thing…

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Sigh, yes this is really happening. Parents are speaking out about this nonsense. One mother who wanted to stay anonymous (I guess she didn’t want the Parent of the Year Award) had this to say about her son who did the challenge:

“He has some feeling in the red part around the edge but nothing on the burn itself. It is like severe frostbite. It could have gone septic and caused organ failure.”

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If you do find your child doing this challenge, a spokesperson told Huff Post how to treat it:

1. Make sure they are treated immediately by running the affected area under cool water for at least 10 minutes or until the pain feels better.

2. Do not use ice, gels or creams as they can damage tissues and increase risk of infection.

3. Once the burn has cooled, cover it with kitchen film.

4. If the burn is on the face, hands, feet, or larger than the size of the person’s hand, seek further medical advice.

Mostly, just talk to your kids! That’s how you can avoid this whole situation all together.

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