Skip to comments.'Salt and ice' another dangerous challenge attracting kids
Posted on 08/23/2012 1:22:13 PM PDT by Morgana
A new teen fad called "the salt and ice challenge" is drawing crowds on social networking sites and YouTube. But like other teen "challenges," it has proven to be dangerous. And health-care experts are telling parents to talk to their kids about the risks.
In Pittsburgh, a 12-year-old boy will spend the summer recovering as a result of having a large cross burned into his back by his twin brother and a pal as part of this newest challenge, according to the Post-Gazette. He ended up in the West Penn Burn Center for treatment.
For the challenge, tweens and teens put salt on their skin and then press ice into it to see who can tolerate the pain the longest. The longer the ice is pressed into the salt, the more serious the injury. CBS Pittsburgh noted that when salt comes in contact with ice, the freezing point of the ice is lowered as the salt dissolves. And that's a process that borrows energy from what is close by. In the case of this teen stunt, what is nearby is human flesh, so the energy is pulled from skin and "you get a burn similar to frostbite."
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Sounds like those idiots who used to rub erasers and make burns on their arms when I was growing up.
Obviously too much time on their hands.
It’s stupid, not dangerous. Dangerous implies some level of permanent harm, not recoverable harm.
When I first read it, I assumed that salt and water were euphemisms for some drug.
If the leftist freaks weren’t so hell-bent on GIVING everyone FREE health care, this would be one of those free DIY tips for eradicating pre-cancerous skin lesions.
You just can’t fix stupid.
I thought it was a drug too until I read it. Still it appears dangerous. That child looks like he has a third degree burn.
Cool name too, no funny biz.
Just tried it. Doesn't even hurt.
Salt brings down the temp of ice to below freezing,I knew that,Duhhhhhhhh
Sounds like they just finished the icepick in the ear challenge.
I thought it was a margarita drinking contest :-)
So, teens are doing this. If I do it, will it make me younger? Excuse me while I get salt and ice as I have plenty.
He’ll recover, which is my point. There was a time when young boys would do stupid things routinely, that took a couple of weeks to recover from, and nobody thought twice about it.
Sounds like a version of sticking your tongue on to a flagpole when it’s -30 F out. Muy stupido.
Do it longer, and press harder. It’ll hurt eventually, and soon after that it starts to really damage your skin. The important part is to let the ice get a good solid connection, no layer of water between ice and skin, you want it to freeze the skin.
It used to be putting arms side by side, and placing a freshly lit cigarette between them, to see which guy removed his arm first.
Believe me when I tell you I wasn't shy.
You’re not doing it right.
If it didn’t hurt you didn’t do it right. Of course I recommend not doing it right since doing it right means having the ice cube cause frost bite to a section of your skin. Not exactly an admirable goal.
Nothing new, kids were doing that 50-60 years ago. Dumb never really dies out, it justs takes naps.
I still have the scar from that.
But I won, dangit!
Margarettas will burn your lips?
I don't know for sure, but I bet you're doing it wrong.
I’s dangerous to have a burn like the kid’s in the picture. Infection.
I’ll sign up for that one if the margarita’s are frozen
We used to see who could hold their hand in the ice cream bucket the longest.
This just in....
NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg today issued an executive order banning salt shakers and ice in all New York restaurants. Bloomberg explained his emergency decree as necessary to prevent young people from performing possible life changing stunts involving the chemical combination of H2O and NaCl.
Bloomberg decried the practice of “the salt and ice challenge” and stated that it was reaching “epidemic proportions.” Bloomberg described the dangers of “the challenge” as almost as harmful as the “Indian sunburn”, the head noogie and the wedgie.
Bloomberg also indicated that NYC Ice providers would be subject to a new tax and a revised set of regulations involving the possession and delivery of their product.
Further, Bloomberg announced that all persons with personal ice makers would have to obtain a permit to possess and would not be able to carry their ice in any NY venue.
Hell, we used to have dumb-asses put newly lit cigarettes between their folded arms and play chicken . . . to see who'd give in and unfold their arms first. All the idiots got was a life-time, painfull big scar for the rest of their lives.
I’ve just never been bored enough to do something like this.
The fact that I have not blown myself up or parts off is a testament to my right to procreate.
Salt and ice?please, no danger there, I can give those kids a few ideas to REALLY challenge them.
And who could resist a good game of mumbly-peg? Almost all the boys carried small pocket knives, so equipment for the game was right at hand.
I was just thinking of the same thing. I still have the remnant of a scar that I got from doing that over 40 years ago. I did 'cheat' though - I had more hair on my arms than the other guy did. :=)
Infection is a reasonable concern and should be watched, but it’s not something to be super concerned about.
Did you see the picture at the article?
Yes, and I used to be a young man. :)
One time, I threw a lighter into a garbage barrel, after stupidly watching for fire, it blew up in my fact and took all my eyebrows and eye lashes.
I recovered fine and he will likely as well. It’s part of growing up.
True, true. He will recover. And remember what an idiot he was.
Frankie: Boy. You wanna talk about some pain? I bought one o' them linoleum knives the other day, you know?
Willie: With the double edge?
Frankie: So, I go home, you know, and I spread my toes apart and I just start sawing, back and forth and back and forth, you know?
Willie: Mm hmm.
Frankie: And I take a little thing o' Tobasco sauce, you know?
Frankie: And just dump it on there. Talk about a hotfoot, mister! Boy, that was rough.
Willie: Yeah, I know what you mean. You know, the other day, I took one o' them, uh--?
Frankie: Meat thermometers?
Willie: Yeah! And I just shoved it into my ear, you know? As far as it could go, you know? But then I took one o' them, uh--?
Frankie: Ball-peen hammers?
Willie: Right. And just whacked it a few times right in there, you know.
Frankie: Boy, that must smart.
Willie: I know! I HATE when THAT happens.
The same principle is used with ice cream makers. Pity they didn’t stick with ice cream...
NOT my fault.
Your coffee has salt, doesn’t it?
First thing I thought of, too.
Can I still deny involvement?
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