Parents are being warned about a new online ‘dare’ that is putting kids in danger of painful second-degree burns.
Dubbed the ’salt and ice’ challenge, the dare involves putting salted ice cubes on the skin, usually the forearm to see how long you can last.
The salt has the effect of dropping the temperature of the ice to as low as -17 C causing burns similar to frostbite.
In extreme cases the burns need to be treated in hospital, and risk permanent nerve damage.
In the UK the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) warn parents to keep an eye out for upcoming online trends that could put their children in danger.
Similar challenges in the past have caused deaths including the cinnamon challenge in the 2000s which can cause lungs to collapse, and ‘planking’ where daredevils fell to their deaths after attempting precarious locations to perform the stunt.