The Ice Bucket Challenge may be boosting awareness about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and helping raise funds for victims of the neuro-muscular disease, but please keep children away from taking up the gambit, Hong Kong parents are being urged.
Pouring ice water onto heads of children may cause asthma or pneumonia if the young ones imbibe water into trachea in a state of panic, a local pediatrician told the Sky Post.
There is also the danger of psychological trauma to children, Dr Chan Yee-shing said.
The warning comes after several parents posted videos in recent days showing them pouring buckets of ice water onto the heads of their children, taking the ALS charity stunt to a new level.
One online video showed a Hong Kong mom spaying water onto her one-year-old daughter. The little girl could be seen crying due to fright. Following the video, several netizens have criticized the mother for subjecting her child to such discomfort and shock.
The police’s Commercial Crime Bureau has started an investigation into the matter after receiving a tip-off through its e-reporting facility, Metro Daily reported.
Started as a campaign in the United States to help the ALS Association, the challenge has involved celebrities and ordinary participants videotaping themselves pouring a bucket of ice water onto their heads, then throwing out challenges to their friends (or foes) to do the same. Those who decline the challenge are expected to send a check for US$100 to the ALS Association.
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