What Every Parent Needs To Know About The 'hot Water Challenge'

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The latest in a long line of risky, stupid and viral challenges among kids is the so-called "Hot Water Challenge". In March she drank boiling water through a straw. Here's what parents need to know about this new "trend". He and his stepbrother saw a hot water challenge video on YouTube and chose to try it themselves. Last month, 10-year-old Wesley Smith of North Carolina also suffered severe burns after he and his step-brother made a decision to try the challenge.

The foolish game appears to have been responsible for a number of children receiving severe burns and potentially the death of an eight-year-old girl.

On Monday, Jamoneisha Merritt, an 11-year-old girl from the Bronx, was burnt and possibly disfigured when her friends threw boiling hot water on her during a sleepover, NY1 reported.

Last week, an 11-year-old girl was at a friend's house for a sleepover in the Bronx borough of NY, when the joyous event turned grave.

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The arrested girl is now believed to be on suicide watch in hospital having tried to kill herself. Another, Ki'ari Pope, an 8-year-old from Florida, died when her cousin challenged her to drink boiling water through a straw, which burned her throat and affected her breathing.

"Parents, talk to your kids about these challenges", Pope's aunt Diane Johnson told a local CBS affiliate. Merritt's mother has blamed the incident on the Hot Water Challenge; Merritt's cousin said that Merritt "and her friend got into an argument and she told her if she goes to sleep they were going to do something to her".

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A number of clips show the risky act being carried out before ending with victims writhing and screaming in pain.

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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. According to Panton, the burns from the hot water resulted from the girls pranking one another.

It says: "Hot liquids can cause life-threatening burn injuries".

"When tap water reaches 60C - water boils at 100C - it can cause a third degree (full thickness) burn in just five seconds". He will likely need skin grafts to fix the burn damage.

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