Forget promise rings and hickeys, now when it comes to young love, there's something meatier -- a nice love bite out of your girlfriend, boyfriend, or even your best friend. I love you! Chomp! Won't you be mine? Chomp! You're the best friend a girl could ever have! Chomp!
What better way to say you care than with a bite mark to the neck or arm or cheek. Yep, it's the latest teen trend. Thanks, Twilight and True Blood.
Apparently, tweens and teens are playing vampire with their crushes and friends. They're using some pretty hefty nibbles to a variety of body parts in order to "mark their territory." Many kids are even posting their bite sessions on Facebook and YouTube for the world to witness their vampy thirst.
Tweens and teens are so weird sometimes (although I do remember a junior high trend that involved bringing a straight pin from home and poking one's crush in the derriere; now THAT was love).
In this CBS Early Show report, Dr. Jennifer Ashton responds to the biting trend and warns kids and their parents:
- Any break in the skin caused by a human bite creates an entry place for bacteria and opens the person who's bitten up to serious skin infections.
- If bitten, wash the wound with soap and water.
- Watch for swelling, redness, pus, or pain that persists.
- Any bites to the face, near the eyes, or around the hands or feet (joints) can be much more serious.
- People with weakened immune systems are much more susceptible to infections caused from bite wounds.
- If skin is broken, you should go to see a doctor.
- Infections may need to be treated with an oral antibiotic or, in extreme cases, with intravenous antibiotics at the hospital.
- Biting can be a form of emotional and physical abuse.
*Warning* This video's a little gag-inducing. No blood ... don't worry ...
Have you heard about this new biting craze?
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