Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Snow eating now endangered kid pleasure
AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/4/08 | Melissa Rayworth - ap

Posted on 03/04/2008 1:53:50 PM PST by NormsRevenge

PITTSBURGH - To the list of simple childhood pleasures whose safety has been questioned, add this: eating snow. A recent study found that snow — even in relatively pristine spots like Montana and the Yukon — contains large amounts of bacteria.

Parents who warn their kids not to eat dirty snow (especially the yellow variety) are left wondering whether to stop them from tasting the new-fallen stuff, too, because of Pseudomonas syringae, bacteria that can cause diseases in bean and tomato plants.

But experts say there's no need to banish snow-eating along with dodgeball, unchaperoned trick-or-treating and riding a bike without a helmet.

"It's a very ubiquitous bacteria that's everywhere," says Dr. Penelope Dennehy, a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics' committee on infectious diseases. "Basically, none of the food we eat is sterile. We eat bacteria all the time."

Children practically bathe in bacteria when they go to the playground, and Dennehy says they won't get anything from snow that they wouldn't get from dirt.

"We eat stuff that's covered with bacteria all the time, and for the most part it's killed in the stomach," says Dr. Joel Forman, a member of the pediatric academy's committee on environmental health. "Your stomach is a fantastic barrier against invasive bacteria because it's a very acidic environment."

There are exceptions. "Tiny kids on formula a lot of times don't have the acid in their stomachs," making them more vulnerable to bacteria in general, says Dr. Lynnette Mazur, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Texas Medical School. Also, Forman and Mazur say that Pseudomonas can be a threat to people with cystic fibrosis.

The study, published last week in the journal Science, didn't examine the effects on people. And "I can say that I'm not aware of any clinical reports of children becoming ill from eating snow. And I looked," Forman says.

In any case, because of ordinary air pollution in snow, it's probably wise not to eat a lot of the stuff, pediatricians say. For parents in search of guidance, Mazur offers this: Licking a little snow off a glove is probably OK. "A meal of snow" is not.

Some parents say they are not going to worry about their kids eating snow that looks clean.

"My snow-eating concerns are generally more of the dirt-urine variety," says Kristin Lang, 37, of Maplewood, N.J., whose 2-year-old son Charlie has swallowed his share of snow.

"When I heard bacteria, at first I went 'eew,'" says Tricia Sweeney, a mother of three in Cornwall-on-Hudson, N.Y. But as long as the kids eat snow as it's falling, "I think it's OK. I tell them not to eat it if it's on the ground."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: eating; endangered; foodpolice; health; pleasure; snow; winter
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-58 next last

1 posted on 03/04/2008 1:53:53 PM PST by NormsRevenge
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge

This is old news. Been known for many, many decades. Sheesh.


2 posted on 03/04/2008 1:54:41 PM PST by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge

Watch out where the Huskies go, don’t you eat that yellow snow.


3 posted on 03/04/2008 1:54:50 PM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge

Huskies + yellow snow = ick.


4 posted on 03/04/2008 1:55:07 PM PST by cripplecreek (Voting CONSERVATIVE in memory of 5 children killed by illegals 2/17/08 and 2/19/ 08)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Gondring

“Basically, none of the food we eat is sterile. We eat bacteria all the time.”

slow news day. ;-) bon appetit


5 posted on 03/04/2008 1:56:43 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge

Oh my gosh you mean there’s BACTERIA all around us?!?!?!?

AAAHHHHHH!!!


6 posted on 03/04/2008 1:56:45 PM PST by Slapshot68
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge

what about watermelon snow?


7 posted on 03/04/2008 1:57:22 PM PST by jdub
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge

This may be one of those areas where knowledge is a dangerous thing, or what you don’t know can’t hurt you. My mother spent a bazillion hours admonishing us on the downside of eating snow. It didn’t take. I, and nearly everyone of my childhood buddies, ate snow by the barrel. I don’t think I EVER heard of anyone getting sick from it.


8 posted on 03/04/2008 1:58:09 PM PST by stevem
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge
Photobucket
9 posted on 03/04/2008 1:58:46 PM PST by digger48 (http://prorev.com/legacy.htm)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge

OT but, My dog loves to eat fresh snow... he must like the sensation of the cold?


10 posted on 03/04/2008 1:59:09 PM PST by Harry Pothead (One issue voter, who wil kill islamofacists?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge
I was thinking last night about all the crazy crap we did when I was a kid and how people would get arrested if they let their kids do that stuff today.

The saddest change is that kids can't just walk outside and play anymore because of all the sick and twisted b@stards out there.

11 posted on 03/04/2008 1:59:23 PM PST by Pietro
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge
Good Lord, people need to get a grip!

When I was a child I pushed off the blackened, polluted snow on top so that I could get to the good, tasty white snow underneath. Somehow I've made it to the ripe age of 39.

There's some speculation that the reason kids are allergic to everything under the sun these days is because their parents are trying to raise them in a "bacteria-free" lifestyle and their bodies aren't building up immunities the way they should.

12 posted on 03/04/2008 1:59:27 PM PST by Drew68
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge

Quick - lock your kids in a padded room until they turn 21!!


13 posted on 03/04/2008 2:00:21 PM PST by reagan_fanatic (Brush your hair and comb your teeth, honey - Obama's comin' to town!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Pietro
Don't lick metal flagpoles in subzero temperatures either.

Don't pee on electric fences in any kind of weather.

14 posted on 03/04/2008 2:01:27 PM PST by Vigilanteman ((Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: digger48

It was The Moops.


15 posted on 03/04/2008 2:01:35 PM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: massgopguy

16 posted on 03/04/2008 2:01:35 PM PST by Emperor Palpatine ("There is no civility, only politics.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: stevem

used to be for fear of nuke test fall-out that folks might have been advised to be more cautious,, these days, maybe it’s crud from china and india,, the old adages still apply .. and nope, never got sick here either..


17 posted on 03/04/2008 2:01:40 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Harry Pothead

My big dog likes ice cubes. He thinks they’re treats because they come out of the freezer! I also freeze his treats, sometimes, because he gets to chew more and he likes that.


18 posted on 03/04/2008 2:01:54 PM PST by Judith Anne (I have no idea what to put here. Not a clue.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge

Dogs eat snow. Rabbits eat snow. Moose eat snow. Birds eat snow. That’s not all they eat, especially the dogs—you don’t want to know.


19 posted on 03/04/2008 2:02:24 PM PST by RightWhale (Clam down! avoid ataque de nervosa)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge

What? No fallout worries anymore as of 50 years ago?


20 posted on 03/04/2008 2:03:13 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Only infidel blood can quench Muslim thirst-- Abdul-Jalil Nazeer al-Karouri)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge

My kids - age 21 and 15 - have never ever eaten snow.

Of course we live in south Texas. They’ve only seen snow once in their life.


21 posted on 03/04/2008 2:03:41 PM PST by Responsibility2nd
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge
"It's a very ubiquitous bacteria that's everywhere,"

Wow! That's the worst use of the language I have heard since

"It's an extremely unique coin that is one of a kind."
22 posted on 03/04/2008 2:03:54 PM PST by Dr. Sivana (Not a newbie, I just wanted a new screen name.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge
Snow is very dangerous...
23 posted on 03/04/2008 2:06:10 PM PST by Sopater (A wise man's heart inclines him to the right, but a fool's heart to the left. ~ Ecclesiastes 10:2)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Drew68
"There's some speculation that the reason kids are allergic to everything under the sun these days is because their parents are trying to raise them in a "bacteria-free" lifestyle and their bodies aren't building up immunities the way they should."

You got that right. If you picked 1,000 people at random and asked them if they would "kill all the bacteria in the world if they could", my guess is that 995 would say yes, not even realizing how sick they would be as a result...
24 posted on 03/04/2008 2:07:01 PM PST by Hegemony Cricket (IX-XI -- numquam didici)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge

Nanny Staters are relentless in their quest to be sure that NO ONE, ANYWHERE has ANY FUN at ALL.


25 posted on 03/04/2008 2:07:42 PM PST by wbill
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Responsibility2nd

Here’s to them someday experiencing a snowflake on their tongue tip .. or two, nothing like a good snow flurry to get a good taste. ;-)


26 posted on 03/04/2008 2:09:26 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: Pietro
The saddest change is that kids can't just walk outside and play anymore because of all the sick and twisted b@stards out there.

Sick and twisted b@stards have always existed. I have yet to see any conclusive evidence that there are more of them around, as a percentage of the population, than in past decades or centuries.

27 posted on 03/04/2008 2:09:56 PM PST by Sherman Logan (Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. - A. Lincoln)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Sherman Logan

Maybe they’re just more noticeable then, ‘cause I agree with Pietro.


28 posted on 03/04/2008 2:19:21 PM PST by brushcop (B-Co. 2/69 3rd Infantry Div., "Sledgehammer!" ...and keep hammering 'em!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: Gondring

My kids LOVE yellow snow! You start with a nice cup of fresh snow and add a big splash of Margarita mix. It’s great. (Although people do give you some strange looks...)


29 posted on 03/04/2008 2:20:27 PM PST by 5by5
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge

I once read that part of the reason why kids today have so many allergies is because we no longer have them outside for so much of the day.

In the olden days they were in the fields with their mothers. More recently, they’d be outside playing at recess and getting dirty.


30 posted on 03/04/2008 2:20:38 PM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: massgopguy

You’re at greater risk of being whapped upside the head with a lead-filled snowshoe than getting sick by eating snow.


31 posted on 03/04/2008 2:23:22 PM PST by Flash Bazbeaux
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Pietro

According to today’s regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were kids in the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s or even the early 80’s, probably shouldn’t have survived.

Our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paint.

We had no childproof lids or locks on medicine bottles, doors, or cabinets, and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets.

Not to mention the risks we took hitchhiking

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.

Riding in the back of a pickup truck on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose
and not from a bottle. Horrors!

We ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but we were never overweight because we were always outside playing.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and no one actually died from this.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then rode down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the street lights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. No cell phones. Unthinkable!

We did not have Play stations, Nintendo 64, X-Boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, video tape movies, surround sound, personal cell phones, personal computers, or Internet chat rooms. We had friends! We went outside and found them.

We played dodge ball, and sometimes, the ball would really hurt. We fell out of trees, got cut and broke bones and teeth, and there were no lawsuits from these accidents. They were accidents. No one was to blame but us. Remember accidents?

We had fights and punched each other and got black and blue and learned to get over it.

We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out any eyes.
We rod e bikes or walked to a friend’s home and knocked on the door, or rang the bell or just walked in and talked to them.

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment.

Some students weren’t as smart as others, so they failed a grade and were held back to repeat the same grade. Horrors!

Tests were not adjusted for any reason.

Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected.

The idea of parents bailing us out if we got in trouble in school or broke a law was unheard of. They actually sided with the school or the law. Imagine that!

This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers, and inventors, ever.

We had freedom, failure, success, and responsibility — and we learned how to deal with it.


32 posted on 03/04/2008 2:24:25 PM PST by digger48 (http://prorev.com/legacy.htm)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Gondring
This is old news. Been known for many, many decades. Sheesh.

Ah, yes, but remember . . . this is an election year!

33 posted on 03/04/2008 2:27:20 PM PST by FoxInSocks (B. Hussein Obama: The Paucity of Hope)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: RightWhale
That’s not all they eat, especially the dogs

My dog thinks rabbit poop is fine dining, better than Scobby Snacks.

34 posted on 03/04/2008 2:28:54 PM PST by txroadkill (Liberals believe that the only oppressed people in Cuba are the terrorist in GitMo)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: stevem

It’s a mother’s job to tell a kid not to do something, and the kid’s job to go ahead and do it anyway.


35 posted on 03/04/2008 2:29:08 PM PST by lesser_satan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: 5by5

I was a kid in the fifties. My mom would fix snow with sugar, milk and vanilla. Delicious. But being from a large family we didn’t get a whole lot of treats.


36 posted on 03/04/2008 2:31:32 PM PST by Starstruck
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: txroadkill

That’s the reason we go for walks daily. The rabbits are murdering the shrubs but the dog says that is grade A poop. Ignores moose poop.


37 posted on 03/04/2008 2:33:24 PM PST by RightWhale (Clam down! avoid ataque de nervosa)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: FoxInSocks

What if it’s Jesse Jackson’s name in the snow but it’s Hillary’s handwriting?


38 posted on 03/04/2008 2:33:27 PM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: Starstruck

Maple sap, boiled down but still hot liquid. That’s what we got once in a while. Once in a blue moon.


39 posted on 03/04/2008 2:35:23 PM PST by RightWhale (Clam down! avoid ataque de nervosa)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: digger48

And I’ll bet you ate snow too.


40 posted on 03/04/2008 2:36:15 PM PST by Ed Condon (Wanted, newer tag line in good condition.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: Ed Condon
And I’ll bet you ate snow too.

I had an older brother. Sometimes I didn't have much choice in the matter.

41 posted on 03/04/2008 2:42:05 PM PST by digger48 (http://prorev.com/legacy.htm)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies]

To: Sherman Logan

I think there are more sickos that act on it because we are more urban, and thus:

(1) don’t have the same support structure (which lets the worst impulses take over) and, more importantly:

(2) people can more easily get away with stuff -— in a small villages, everyone knew who the wackos and the wacko families were

Serial killers started with large cities where people didn’t know their neighbors (jack the ripper, world’s fair, etc).


42 posted on 03/04/2008 2:47:24 PM PST by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Mossad!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: NormsRevenge

Well, I am 59 years old and I still like standing out in the snow trying to catch a snowflake on my tongue. It’s probably not a good idea to fill up on the stuff, but I am not going to worry about a little snow.

Don’t drink from creeks though....I’ve done that, only to find that the cattle were upstream. ;>)


43 posted on 03/04/2008 2:57:15 PM PST by Gator113 (America traded away the possibility of a dream, for what is certain to be a nightmare.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sherman Logan
Sick and twisted b@stards have always existed. I have yet to see any conclusive evidence that there are more of them around, as a percentage of the population, than in past decades or centuries.

I don't know if I agree there's no more of them, but there's one thing for certain, they are much bolder.

It's very rare to hear of a known child molester getting its head turned into soccer ball these days, so they have much less to fear.
44 posted on 03/04/2008 3:05:57 PM PST by Dr.Zoidberg (Mohammedanism - Bringing you only the best of the 6th century for fourteen hundred years.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: massgopguy

The crux of the biscut is the Apostrophe(’)


45 posted on 03/04/2008 3:21:45 PM PST by Cali Redneck (Who you jivin' with that cosmic debris)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: digger48

And don’t forget all the traumatizing content on Sesame Street. We’re all ticking PTSD time bombs...


46 posted on 03/04/2008 3:23:57 PM PST by Hoffer Rand
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: RightWhale
Dogs eat snow. Rabbits eat snow. Moose eat snow. Birds eat snow

Bactrian Camels have to rely on eating snow as their only source of water during the winter in the Ghobi Desert.

However they only eat a small amount each day, less than their desirable intake, because they get sick if they eat any more.

47 posted on 03/04/2008 3:26:04 PM PST by Wil H
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: Hoffer Rand
And don’t forget all the traumatizing content on Sesame Street. We’re all ticking PTSD time bombs...

looks like it's already caught up with the boyz

Photobucket

48 posted on 03/04/2008 3:44:15 PM PST by digger48 (http://prorev.com/legacy.htm)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 46 | View Replies]

To: digger48

You had a tennis ball? Rich kid. j/k ;)

A great post, very nice reading. It’s nice to be reminded that imagination is wonderful. An ordinary stick could be anything, put on the mitt and you could be Whitey Ford or Mickey Mantle, or you name your childhood baseball hero.

This is not an old man rambling, digger, by damn, you struck a resonant chord.


49 posted on 03/04/2008 3:49:18 PM PST by Hilltop (Control the high ground. Control the battlefield.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: Starstruck

Yep, living in Alabama now, not much chance of getting snow ice cream, but I sure would love a bowl full.


50 posted on 03/04/2008 3:52:16 PM PST by Hilltop (Control the high ground. Control the battlefield.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-58 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson