Parents beware of the latest teen dare: The Cinnamon Challenge

Parents beware of the latest teen dare: The Cinnamon Challenge

Some teens are being dared to swallow a spoonful of ground cinnamon.

With more teenagers home during the summer, be on the lookout for the Cinnamon Challenge. It begins with a teen being dared to swallow a spoonful of ground cinnamon without drinking water.

The cinnamon coats and dries the mouth and throat, causing gagging, vomiting, coughing, choking and throat irritation. People with asthma or other respiratory conditions are at greater risk of having …Continue reading →

Medicine Collection Day: Helping keep the earth clean and prevent poisonings

Medicine Collection DayA great way to get rid of outdated or unneeded medications, keep dangerous drugs out of the hands of our children and protect our drinking water is to participate in Medicine Collection Day on Saturday, April 27.

In 2012, 48 percent of calls to Wisconsin Poison Center involved either prescription or over-the-counter medications. By bringing these drugs in, you will help keep them from getting into the wrong hands or our local water supply. Remember, never flush or pour unused …Continue reading →

Laundry detergent packets: How dangerous are they to kids?

Laundry detergent packets: How dangerous are they to kids?Convenient and easy to use, detergent packets like Tide Pods, All mighty pacs or Purex Ultrapacks often are found in homes with young children. The packets are designed to dissolve quickly when exposed to water in the washing machine. They are colorful and squishy — some even look like candy or a toy — making them attractive to kids.

Poison centers receive many calls each year about children getting into laundry …Continue reading →