Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Hold Your Breath Game - not my usual blog fodder

If you read my blog then you know that I'm a mom.  I have two boys ages 7 and 10.  I saw this story in the morning on the news.



 This is not our school, but it's near us and it got me to thinking.  Do my boys know anything about the Hold Your Breath Game/Fainting Game?

 So I asked them this morning. And to my horror, my oldest son told me that he knows about it because people in his class do it. I really expected them to be confused by what I was asking and not have a clue what I was talking about.

 These are 4th graders that I'm talking about. I don't think they know that they are supposed to pass out or that it may give them a "high". I think they feel it's just a game. But that doesn't mean that it's not dangerous. And that doesn't mean that it won't lead to other more risky behavior.

 My seven year old assured me that no one in his class has done this.

 This is not my normal blog fodder. But I put this on here because it's not something that I would have thought to ask my children about until I saw it on the news. I thought my kids were too young to be aware of things like this. I thought wrong.

 I'm sure that most kids don't know what this is, but it might be worth doing some detective work with your own kids to make sure that this is not happening with them or in their school. We have since alerted school officials that some of the kids may have been engaging in this risky behavior (no names, just general information). As parents today we can never let our guard down. NEVER.

5 comments:

Bailey's Leaf said...

Just asked K-, who is the same grade as the Little Man, and she knew nothing about it. She watched it with me and swears that she won't do it.

Funny thing is that as a toddler, I would throw a fit and hold my breath until I passed out. My mom freaked out because it was apparently my new frequent trick and she rushed me to the doctor. The doctor's advice? I'd start breathing once I passed out. Of course, I had not very far to fall (was in 18 month old clothing at 3) and said not to sweat it. For what it is worth, I'm fine (some could argue otherwise, of course), but it falls under the rule of "Listen to your body." I tell K- that and obviously, they wouldn't be listening to their body screaming for air. It's concerning, but not quite as concerning as huffing or directly taking drugs. Still, not cool.

Funky Food Trisha said...

I remember kids doing this when I was in middle school--20 years ago! You can't possibly warn your children about every specific situation and you could definitely make yourself crazy trying to look for them too. Instead I think as parents all we can do is teach our children to respect their bodies and their instincts. Take a little comfort in knowing that this is nothing new, and of all the rotten things they could be doing to themselves, I have to agree with Bailey's Leaf, it could be much, much worse:)

ChupieandJ'smama said...

Thanks ladies. I agree it's not the worst thing. I just see these kinds of behaviors moving into a riskier direction.
And then there was the boy that died: http://articles.nydailynews.com/2010-12-22/news/27085283_1_teens-michigan-boy-parents or any of these other kids - https://www.google.com/#sclient=psy-ab&fhp=1&hl=en&site=&source=hp&q=child+dies+from+fainting+game&pbx=1&oq=child+dies+from+fainting+game&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&gs_sm=e&gs_upl=2362l7984l0l8369l29l25l0l4l4l0l213l1983l22.2.1l29l0&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.,cf.osb&fp=550374fd478

I'm sure they started out innocently enough too. You are both correct that teaching respect for your own body is important.

ChupieandJ'smama said...

Sorry, that last link should have been http://tinyurl.com/846zhyu I guess blogger didn't like the long URL :)

PEA said...

This has been going on for years, I remember the first time I heard about it on the news, I was horrified. I had asked my boys if they had ever tried it and they said no but knew people who did. A few kids have since died from that "game" and it truly is a tragedy. xoxo