Collapsed lung. Inability to breath. Infection. Ventilator. Death.
Cinnamon. Yes, all from eating cinnamon.
The “Cinnamon Challenge“. If you have not yet heard, this is a popular game where the challenge is to swallow a spoon full of cinnamon without water in 60 seconds.
Sure, cinnamon may sound safe. But- not without water or something else to help it go down.
Doctors say the spice simply cannot be digested without liquid. The dust particles of the cinnamon are not friendly to the lungs.
Where do they come up with these things?
The game is not new. However now with social networking, it has gone viral. All over YouTube – thousands of videos of people attempting the challenge, gagging, and choking.
I mentioned the challenge to my son and his friends one day. They laughed. Of course they have seen the videos. All three teens thought the videos were hilarious.
How do we stress to our kids that something as simple as cinnamon can kill you?
Talk. Explain to them that what is thought of as ‘good fun’ can be a serious medical issue. Give examples. Show them proof.
If you find your kids rummaging through the spice cabinet or are suddenly missing that bottle of spice, be aware.
If your kid challenges himself either out of humor or stupidity regardless?
Experts say after the vomit (which is usually inevitable) rinse the mouth, hydrate, and watch for trouble breathing.
If there are signs of respiratory distress, get to the emergency room right away.
So, along with any prescription drugs, alcohol, Sudafed, and Robitussin – keep an eye on that cinnamon.