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We have blogged about dangerous fads in the past, but the “choking game” is the first to my knowledge to be directly tied to a higher rate of suicidal ideation and poorer mental health among certain teen participants.
With summer temperatures in full swing and a heatwave impacting about half of the country, the threat of pediatric heatstroke is ongoing, so it is timely that this Sunday, July 31st marks National Heatstroke Prevention Day. Led by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the day is intended to bring awareness and education to the public about understanding and preventing pediatric heatstroke.
Pokémon Go is everywhere. But along with the benefits come risks for injury. Here is some common advice for clinicians when discussing with families.
Sadly, yet another dangerous YouTube trend is making the rounds. The Fire Challenge involves kids and teens dousing themselves with something flammable and then setting themselves on fire. Here's what to know.
The duct tape challenge, where someone is wrapped in duct tape and challenged to break free within a certain period of time, is the latest social media trend, with certain youtube videos garnering up to over 2 million views. However, the recent serious injuries of a teen who participated in this challenge reminds us that it's important for clinicians, parents, and teachers to understand why teens are attracted to fads like these, and what we should do about them.
Tomorrow, July 31st, marks NHTSA’s annual National Heatstroke Prevention Day, designed to bring awareness to this issue and share simple prevention tips with families. Unfortunately, an average of 37 children have died from heatstroke since 1998, the majority of which are accidentally left behind in a hot vehicle by a caregiver. Although this remains a complex topic, recent technological advancements represent an important step forward in finding a vehicle-based solution to avoiding these preventable tragedies.
Car seats are essential for keeping children protected in motor vehicles. However, parents and caregivers may not realize that car seats (and other sitting/carrying devices) can actually pose a serious threat to children when they are used outside of their intended purposes. Recent research has explored injuries and even fatalities that can occur when these devices are used inappropriately.
This blog explores how a multi-faceted approach is needed to reduce the prevalence of pediatric heat stroke. A combination of education, awareness, and technology can help families avoid these preventable tragedies.
Peer pressure and cyber bullying are unfortunate, but increasingly well-studied, facets of adolescent life. But what if these two behavior-influencing tactics were combined and used to fuel an over-the-top drinking game? In a new phenomenon called “Neknominate,” this is exactly what occurs. Read on to find out why older teens and adults are among the first victims of this extreme social media "challenge."