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Kids Are Burning Each Other With Boiling Water In Latest YouTube Trend

Kids Are Burning Each Other With Boiling Water In Latest YouTube Trend

Water is wet. Boiling water is both wet and, well, boiling hot.

The stories of injuries due to the boiling water or hot water challenge has included a girl in Florida dying after sipping boiling water through a straw.

On Monday, 11-year-old Jamoneisha Merritt suffered severe burns and was hospitalized.

The breathtakingly risky Hot Water Challenge appears to have started two years ago but is now sparking urgent warnings following high-profile casualties.

Now, parents are warning others to not let their children partake in the challenge.

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The 10-year-old suffered his injuries in July.

Although there were rumors that the two girls were "best friends", Jamoneisha's mother, Ebony, said that the 12-year-old and her other friends actually bullied her daughter in the past.

The arrested girl is now believed to be on suicide watch in hospital having tried to kill herself. As reported by People, an eight-year-old girl name Ki'ari Pope lost her life a few months after she was dared to drink boiling water via a straw by her cousin.

She was treated in a hospital in Florida after the incident, undergoing a tracheotomy, an incision in her windpipe, but suffered ongoing respiratory problems and passed away shortly afterwards. "Parents, talk to your kids about these challenges", Pope's aunt Diane Johnson told a local CBS affiliate. They're just stupid pranks that can be extremely risky.

Has the craze reached the UK?

They want people to avoid the "hot water challenge".

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Videos on YouTube suggest the craze extends back to 2015 in America.

The trend does not appear to have yet caught on in the United Kingdom but there are a small number of posts and videos referring to the Hot Water Challenge from British social media social media accounts.

"Unfortunately, this is part of the digital era we live in", says Julie Romanowski, a Vancouver-based parenting expert who specializes in behaviour.

The Burn Foundation have warned boiling water takes just seconds to cause third-degree burns - or full-thickness burn - which destroys all layers of the skin and can lead to permanent scarring. It's unlikely high schools in America will need to ban hot water anytime soon. "They also need to know how their child is using technology and whether there's an addiction forming".

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