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This is what salt and ice can do to your child

Internet challenge is injuring children

IOWA CITY, Iowa - An Eastern Iowa mother wants other parents to know how dangerous a new "salt and ice" challenge on the internet really is.

Last week, her 12 year old daughter was spending the night at a friend's house when they tried it. The challenge involves putting snow and table salt on their arms, to see who could stand it the longest. The ice and salt formed a chemical reaction that induced frostbite, giving the girl and her friends second- and third-degree burns.

The girls ended up at the Burn Prevention Treatment Center at the University of Iowa. The center's director, Dr. Tom Granchi, said this isn't the first time he's seen injuries from this challenge.

The family will find out this week if the child needs skin grafts.


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