Warning for parents: "Choking game" kills

By: Tom Campbell Email
By: Tom Campbell Email

February 14, 2008

From 12 on Your Side, the Centers for Disease Control says at least 82 young people have died from the so-called "choking game."

In that game, children use dog leashes, bungee cords around their necks or other means to temporarily stop the blood flow to their heads.
That's supposed to give a euphoric feeling when the blood returns.

The CDC estimates up to 20 percent of teens and pre-teens play the game, sometimes in groups.

However, a new study shows nearly all the deaths have happened to children who were playing alone.

About 90 percent of the deaths were boys, and the average age was about 13.

The CDS says parents should be aware of the fad. The possible warning signs include bloodshot eyes, marks on the neck, headaches and disorientation. Ropes, scarves or belts tied to doorknobs or bedroom furniture, or found on the floor, may also be a sign.

The CDS publication "Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report" has more
information. Click the link below.

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