Thursday, April 25, 2013

Cinnamon Challenge

There’s a new game in town that’s sending adolescents to the emergency department (ED). The “cinnamon challenge” is the latest online dare that tricks teenagers into risky behavior with potential consequences.

The challenge requires a person to swallow a tablespoon of dry, ground cinnamon in 60 seconds without drinking any fluids. The practice has led to a surge in calls to poison control centers and ED visits for spice-induced choking and aspiration.

Symptoms include severe coughing; burning of the mouth, nose, and throat; vomiting; nosebleed; and chest tightness. Aspiration also can lead to allergic reactions and asthma attacks.

In most cases, the effects are temporary; however, in the first 6 months of 2012, at least 30 patients nationwide required medical attention and 1 patient in Ohio reportedly required hospitalization and ventilator support for collapsed lungs.

According to researchers, cinnamon is a caustic powder that does not dissolve or biodegrade in the lungs. Studies in rats have shown serious lung changes after cinnamon ingestion. 

For adolescents with cinnamon allergies or with bronchopulmonary diseases including asthma, the risks associated with aspiration may be greater, even fatal. Although there are no documented pulmonary sequelae in humans, the researchers strongly advise counseling teenaged patients about the potential health threat from succumbing to peer pressure regarding this practice.

(Adapted from Contemporary Pediatrics)

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Super Kid Of The Month



Monday, April 8, 2013


The annual Walk for MS is coming up here in Salt Lake on Saturday April 27th. If you want to have a great time, get some exercise and support a good cause this is a great way to spend a Saturday morning.

For more details go here.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Shining a light on Autism

April is Autism Awareness Month, and today is Autism Awareness Day. We want to give a shout out to all our awesome patients and families and friends with Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Here are a few links we found interesting.

What is Autism? What causes it? What is the "spectrum"?

10 things we know about autism that we didn't know a year ago

iPad apps for kids with Autism

Importance of early diagnosis and therapy

The Empire State Building is lit up blue today in honor or Autism Awareness

A blog post on "Being a locksmith"

We are very proud to have mental health services at Southpoint. Nate Ridge and Helen Aoiki do an amazing job helping us provide families with expertise and support.