One 12-year-old boy from Pittsburgh, Penn., sustained second-degree burns on his back after engaging in a dangerous new teen fad with his brother and friends last weekend, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
The "salt and ice challenge" is making its rounds across YouTube and social networking sites. To play the game, kids press salt and ice against their skin for as long as they can tolerate the pain becomes too severe.
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According to WPXI-TV, the unnammed victim will need several months to recover and his family released a statement warning other students of the game's dangers:
“We want teenagers and the general public to know that the 'salt and ice challenge' is extremely dangerous. Videos on You Tube, Facebook and other social media do not accurately show the terrible injuries that can result. We are grateful that our son is recovering and hope that sharing his story will stop other young people from attempting this stunt."
The incident comes two months after school officials in the area expressed concern to parents that the fad was catching on with students -- sending a letter informing on the dangers of the game.
Clarification: A previous version of this article referred to the effects of the "salt and ice challenge" as similar to frostbite. In extreme circumstances the practice could cause actual frostbite.
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