Fears over dangerous craze

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A WIGAN expert has spoken out about a dangerous new asphyxiation dare sweeping playgrounds.

Primary school children are said to be covering the mouth and noses of pals and restricting the air flow until their (usually willing) victims pass out.

Please advise every child you know and warn them of the dangers, this could easily lead to concussion or even death

A police spokesman

Sleeper, as the craze is known, has already seen one eight year old pupil admitted to hospital.

Although no criminal offences are involved, Greater Manchester Police North warned: “This is extremely dangerous, a child is currently in hospital being treated after falling victim to this game.

“Please advise every child you know and warn them of the dangers, this could easily lead to concussion or even death.”

And today a borough authority on the consequences of such risky juvenile behaviour warned that parents and teachers should be on their guard for signs of it becoming established here.

Suzanne Guest, an Occupational Psychologist from Work in Mind based in Wigan, specialises in working with people with acquired brain injury.

And she is worried about this shocking trend in the playground.

She said: “I was shocked when I initially saw the post on Facebook by Greater Manchester Police,

“I’m sure most children do not realise how dangerous this is.

“Anything that causes loss of consciousness can be potentially life threatening or cause serious permanent brain injury. Depriving the brain of oxygen causes anoxic brain injury and the effects can be devastating.”

She is strongly urging children to refrain from this new trend.And if, however, they have already been part of this “game” they should seek urgent medical attention.

Ms Guest said that what can initially seem like a minor injury, can later result in more serious problems.

She is urging any parents who learn that their children have taken part in the prank to make sure that their children are fully checked out medically.