I’ve been seeing and hearing news reports of children getting their tongues stuck in metal water bottles. So I decided to show my 10 year old son this picture featured on The Today Show:
He took one look and said, “Oh yea, the tongue vacuum.” I said, “Sooo, you’ve tried this?” He adamantly replied, “NO! NEVER!” But the cat was already out of the bag because he went white in the face and a mom can always tell. I continued, “You know, your tongue can get stuck in ANY bottle. Glass, metal, plastic…” And THAT’S what got his attention. “Any bottle… even a Camelbak?” he asked. “Yes, honey… ANY bottle.”
Turns out he HAS tried this stupid stunt with a Camelbak sports bottle which has a very small valve opening…but a still, I told him that a even a part of his tongue can get stuck because of the vacuum.
This time he took notice and I could see he didn’t think it was funny anymore. So take a moment today to talk to your kids about this safety issue. Tell them, be smart, keep your tongue in YOUR MOUTH! (And that goes for when they’re a teenagers too!) :)