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“Tide Pod Challenge, “ Another Dangerous Teen Stunt

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Just when you think that maybe teens and young adults have come to their senses about trying crazy stunts, a new viral “challenge” emerges and lets you know how wrong you are.

This one challenges primarily teens and young adults to pop a Tide Pod into their mouths and bite down, and then post videos of whatever happens. Some of these individuals experience foaming at the mouth and severe coughing spells after consuming a pod. It’s no surprise to most of us that this bizarre act can be dangerous but many might not suspect that it can also be potentially deadly.

These pods contain concentrated levels of detergent made to dissolve while washing clothes. Because they are designed to dissolve when wet, the same thing can occur in a person’s mouth - leading to the immediate release and absorption of the contents.

Tide Pods contain dangerous chemicals that, if ingested, can lead to life threatening breathing problems, damage to the esophagus from the corrosive ingredients, burns, blood pressure changes, gastrointestinal problems and neurological symptoms, including loss of consciousness. They can bring on a severe asthma attack in those that have asthma already.

The pods contain numerous chemicals that are potentially harmful if ingested. Chief among these concerns is a chemical known as 1,4 Dioxane.

According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, exposure to this compound can cause eye and nose irritation, kidney problems and possible long-term lung damage. These effects are unlikely to occur if the product is used appropriately.

Through various social media forums, this stunt continues to grow in popularity. It might be wise to have a talk with your child about the very real dangers of ingesting a toxic product such as a detergent pod. While you might think your child would never do such a thing, many parents have found themselves in an ER with their child who thought it might be a fun thing to try. On their own, most kids wouldn’t even think to try something like this, but once a video challenge goes viral, kids are more likely to see it as funny – not dangerous.

Have that talk.

Story source: Sarang Koushik M.D., http://abcnews.go.com/Health/internet-craze-tide-pod-challenge-dangerous-potentially-deadly/story?id=52379523

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