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Why Your Kids Should Stop Doing the 'Eraser Challenge'

Why Your Kids Should Stop Doing the 'Eraser Challenge'

The eraser challenge involves a competition of sorts. Kids and teens will perform a task like reciting the alphabet repeatedly while rubbing erasers hard and fast on their skin. The game continues until the last child tolerating the friction is declared the winner. "Kids don't know this, but your skin isn't sterile, it's crawling and teeming with bacteria and when you open up your skin, that bacteria can crawl in and cause an infection," said Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson of Seattle Children’s and Seattle Mama Doc blog author.

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