Some children are Addicted to The Choking Game
I'm sure most people have heard of the 'choking game' that's played by some adolescents and older children. This is a game some young people play in order to get a momentary high before they pass out, some kids refer to it as 'blacking out'.
Young kids either choke themselves or choke each other just long enough to be able achieve a short high. Sometimes they use a rope or a cord to choke themselves or each other which is extremely dangerous. This dangerous game has been going on for quite a few years and unfortunately it still is.
Just recently a 13 year old eighth grade boy lost his life playing the choking game. This game is so dangerous the first time a child plays this game it could be their last. The choking game can result in brain damage that's permanent, the game can cause seizures, and it kills brain cells, sadly this game can be fatal also.
A lot of young people who participate in this kind of game do so because they're curious. These are good kids that hear about the choking game and want to see what it's all about. They don't realize just how dangerous it is because it seems like a harmless way to experience a rush or high. They don't realize the seriousness of the game due to the lack of oxygen to the brain.
Sometimes children play the choking game in groups or with friends using belts, leashes, shoe-strings and even sheets. This game is dangerous enough when played with someone but even more-so when played alone because there's no one there if something goes wrong. Many young children die because they are unable to release the pressure in time; this is supposed to be done before you faint. Since no one knows when they're going to faint, many times it's too late because after the child faints they choke to death.
A lot of kids become addicted to the choking game because of the euphoria they experience not realizing that their brain is slowly dying. First the oxygen is decreased in the brain when choking themselves and that follows with another rush of oxygen going back into the brain when the pressure is released. The rush only lasts momentarily so kids continue to do it. Kids don't realize that if they live through it they can experience concussions and brain damage from lack of oxygen to their brain.
Two young girls who didn't know each other died the same way, two separate incidents took place last year within 2 weeks of each other. One of the girls was only 15 years old and the other was only 14, these beautiful girls had their whole life ahead of them and in a few short minutes they both died from playing the same game. I can't imagine being the parent of any child and finding them hanging in their closet lifeless due to a game so many young people are playing today.
Another news story talks about an 11 year old boy who had been playing this risky game. These poor children have no idea how dangerous this game can be. These are all good kids who are curious and know other kids that do it; they probably don't know anyone that's died from this risky choking game. The sad thing is that parents don't usually ever see warning signs ahead of time, many parents have never even heard of the game before.
Unfortunately you can find videos online showing kids how to play this dreadful and potentially fatal game. A lot of kids refer to the game as 'the good kids high' and make it look like fun. If kids have never heard of anyone dying before from playing the game they're probably not going to be afraid. I'm sure some kids play the game at times just because they don't want to look fearful in front of their friends.
Some of the typical signs that emergency room physicians look for in young people are frequent and repeated headaches that can be severe, bloodshot eyes, and red markings on the neck. Hopefully the word will continue to get out there so parents and children will become more aware of just how serious and deadly this game is.
There are many items that can be used in this game, some use belts, ropes, cords, sheets, jump ropes and anything else that will cut off oxygen. The intentions are to restrict oxygen for a short period of time but that's not the case as you can see by the few stories above. This game isn't new but it seems to be becoming popular again so it's important to let parents know about it if they don't already.
Our hearts go out to all the families that have lost their child to this game and hopefully some of their stories will save other good children from suffering the same fate.