Imagine being a teenager today and the pressures they are under.
At some point, most of us have faced peer pressure to do something dangerous. Imagine being a teenager today and the pressures they are under. One of the craziest things going on among juveniles is called the “cinnamon challenge.” The one being challenged attempts to swallow a tablespoon of cinnamon without water in 60 seconds. The result? Gagging, coughing and a cloud of brown smoke kids call “dragon breath.” That’s if you’re lucky. U.S. poison control centers report that for the first half of 2012, dozens of kids ended up in hospital emergency departments as a result of the stunt. Some have been treated for collapsed lungs. Videos show up on the Internet, encouraging copycat behavior. A pediatrician who studied the trend said there are more than 51,000 YouTube videos of the cinnamon challenge. One of those videos had 19 million hits! Fortunately, no one has died from the stunt, but seeing someone gasp for air can’t be all that funny, especially for the person unable to breathe. Another “monkey see, monkey do” behavior is something dubbed “Chubby Bunny.” Kids dare each other to cram their mouths with as many marshmallows as possible and then try to say “chubby bunny.” It might sound funny — until you learn that two kids have died from doing this. So what are parents to do? Physicians quoted in the May issue of “Pediatrics” recommend talking with your kids about the potential dangers of a seemingly harmless stunt and being aware of what your kids are watching on the Internet. For more on this story, go to: http://www.healthfinder.gov/News/Article/675599/popular-cinnamon-stunt-can-have-serious-lung-effects