NSPCC warns against ‘salt and ice challenge’ which has hospitalised children with serious burns

The NSPCC have issued a warning about a dangerous craze that is leaving children with serious burns and severe scarring.

The salt and ice challenge, which involves applying salt and ice to an area of skin to induce a chemical reaction similar to frostbite, has swept schools in America and is now taking off in the UK.

Many participants, who compete to see who can withstand the sensation of the reaction the longest, have been left with painful burns and permanent scars, with some reportedly being taken to hospital.

The after affects of the #saltandicechallenge

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Helen Westerman, campaign manager for NSPCC North of England, said that it was important for parents and schools to be aware of risky games such as this.

‘It’s important for schools keep a close eye on all emerging trends. The rise of social media has contributed to increasing peer pressure amongst children and this ‘craze’ is another clear example of the risks,’ she explained.

Kelly Drummond

A warning to parents of a new craze goin round…the ‘salt and ice challenge. ..salt on the skin then ice on top. My daughter an 2 of her freinds were dared to do this while it was recorded on a…

Parents have already been warning of the dangers of the challenge, which has been circulating for some time

Parents have been warning of the worrying craze for some time, with some taking to Facebook to show the shocking damage it can cause.

‘My daughter an 2 of her freinds were dared to do this while it was recorded on a phone…it does not hurt at the time however as you can see in the picture is causes lasting damage,’ Kelly Drummond, from Fife, wrote in a post notifying other parents of the possible outcomes.

Another concerned mother, Kathryn Hall, shared a picture of her eight-year-old daughter’s hand after she took the challenge.

Kathryn Hall

The new Internet challenged called the salt and ice challenge is not safe! It can harm anyone who tries it and it only takes a minute. This is my 8 year old daughter’s hand, 4 days after she was…

‘It can harm anyone who tries it and it only takes a minute. This is my 8 year old daughter’s hand, 4 days after she was challenged to hold salt and ice for 3 minutes, at a sleepover,’ she wrote.

‘The first day it did not look like this, it took 3 days for the burn to fully form and on the 4th the blisters popped, subjecting her to infection. Please share this so parents and kids are aware of the dangers of trying stupid Internet challenges.’