The Cinnamon Challenge Lands Many Children In Hospital

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According to MNT news, the “Cinnamon Challenge”, which involves trying to swallow a teaspoon of cinnamon without water within sixty seconds, has led to many calls to poison centers, emergency departments visits and hospitalizations of teenagers who require ventilator support for collapsed lungs.
Swallowing a teaspoon of Cinnamon within sixty seconds is a nearly impossible challenge. There is a warning. “Its going to burn, you are going to cough, and regret you tried,” stated Judy Schaechter, a survivor of the cinnamon challenge.
The Cinnamon Challenge is a dare that has spread throughout the internet. While most children know about it, very few parents and teachers do, stated researchers from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine wrote in the journal Pediatrics.
The authors said that parents need to be told about the Cinnamon Challenge, and they need to advise their children about the dangers. Parental advice really matters to kids, they added. “Schools and pediatricians should be encouraged to discuss with children the ‘Cinnamon Challenge’ and its possible harmful effects.”
Co-author Judy Schaechter, M.D., M.B.A., Interim Chair of Pediatrics, was surprised to find out during a recent dinner with a dozen pediatricians that none of them had ever heard of the Cinnamon Challenge. Even though most teenagers who choose to do the challenge endure only temporary effects, the researchers wrote that poison centers are receiving an increasing number of calls related to the Cinnamon Challenge, and more kids are ending up in emergency departments and being hospitalized according to MNT news.
Cinnamon is a caustic powder consisting of cellulose fibers which do not dissolve and are not biodegradable in the lungs. Animal studies have shown that cinnamon can cause inflammation of the airways and lungs (if it is inhaled), and it can also cause lesions and scarring in the lungs and airways.

Since August 2012, millions of people have watched at least 50,000 YouTube videos of adolescents and young adults coughing, gagging and chocking as they accept the Cinnamon Challenge. Most of the participants are aged from 13 to 24 years. This age has the “greatest need for conformity” susceptible to peer pressure stated MNT news.