Being a parent in 2018 comes with a world of parental advisories. As if you’re not already worried about Tide Pods or car seat malfunctions, there seems to be a new trend cropping up every week. Unfortunately, the latest craze is something called the “condom snorting challenge.”
As much as we would appreciate the extra business, we do not recommend putting condoms up your nose. 😂😂😂 #condomchallenge
— CondomDepot (@condomdepot) April 2, 2018
Essentially, teenagers are taking a condom, snorting it up their nose and then pulling it down through their nostrils and out of their mouth.
— 12 News (@12News) April 1, 2018
There are a number of very serious medical risks involved with this trend. Beyond choking, bleeding and infection, there are a few additional concerns for parents. Dr. Shilpi Agarwai noted, “If things don’t go as planned and you end up swallowing the condom instead of pulling it out of your mouth, it might end up in your stomach or you could inhale it into your lungs and develop bronchitis or pneumonia.”
The main motivation for this latest craze seems to be all about getting views on social media. In a statement, Bruce Y. Lee, associate professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, told Forbes: “Even if you manage to successfully pull the condom out through your mouth, inhaling a condom up your nose would be very uncomfortable and potentially quite painful. Would it really be worth all that just to get more likes and views?”
— Ben Axelson (@BenAxelson) April 2, 2018
Parents, please educate your children on the risks involved with this, the latest viral craze. YouTube is currently working to remove these videos from their platform. In the meantime, be aware of the latest safety risk facing our children and if you think it’s a possibility, have a conversation with your children.