Parents Beware – What You Need To Know About The Salt & Ice Challenge

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Children and teenagers are undertaking a variety of challenges and posting them online for likes, shares, comments, followers and subscribers. We want to highlight three key points per challenge to keep parents up to date with what challenges are new or re-circulating.

The Salt & Ice Challenge

What is the challenge?

The Salt & Ice challenge is an internet phenomena whereby participants pour salt on their bodies, usually on the arm and then ice is placed on the salt and held their causing a burning sensation.

The challenge is to see who can withstand the pain the longest and then the videos are posted to social media.

Where is it circulating?

Circulating on YouTube and social media platforms.  One YouTube video posted of the challenge has over 7 million views.

What are the potential dangers?

This particular challenge can cause 2nd and 3rd degree burns as the ice can numb the skin so the participant is unaware of the damage being done to the nerves and skin beneath.

A eutectic frigorific mixture with can reach ?18 °C (0 °F), much colder than ice alone is caused when salt and ice are mixed together and can cause injuries similar to frostbite or burning with the metal end of a lighter.

What the experts say

The NSPCC have issued a warning about a dangerous craze that is leaving children with serious burns and severe scarring.

Helen Westerman, campaign manager for NSPCC North of England, said that it was important for parents and schools to be aware of risky games such as this.

‘It’s important for schools keep a close eye on all emerging trends. The rise of social media has contributed to increasing peer pressure amongst children and this ‘craze’ is another clear example of the risks,’ she explained.

What to look out for

Parents should be on the lookout for warning signs on their children’s arms or leg such as bruises or markings that look like burns.

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