Doctors across the country are issuing an important Flamin’ Hot Cheetos warning: hide them from your kids.
Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, made by Frito-Lay, is a snack that’s flying off the shelves. They’re cheesy, crunchy, salty, spicy and a fan favorite for people who love to have their tongues on fire.
Unfortunately, eating them comes at a cost.
3 Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Warnings for Parents
1. Doctors say that the snack can be very addictive.
Flamin’ Hot Cheetos are considered to be a hyperpalatable food. These kinds of foods have actually been engineered to create a response in the brain that is similar to people who are addicted to drugs.
In other words, you can’t eat just one.
The more your child eats this unhealthy snack, the more they’ll want to eat it. If adults are having a hard time not eating an entire bag by themselves, can you imagine how much harder it is for kids?
2. The spices can damage your child’s stomach.
They can stick to your child’s esophagus, stomach, and small intestine. As you might imagine, the heat in the spices can cause awful pain.
From their upper abdomen to their chest into their throat, kids can experience really significant pain.
These snacks can also cause horrible pain when they poop.
It’s not only children.
In 2018, rapper Lil Xan wound up in the ER shared his own Flamin’ Hot Cheetos warning.
He described the pain as having, “ripped something in my stomach open.”
3. If your child has acid reflux, it’s even worse.
Your child could wind up in the ER vomiting red that looks like blood. (It’s the dye and spices in the chip that causes both vomit and stool to turn red.)
There are reports that this is causing more kids to be prescribed drugs to manage stomach acid.
What to do if your child gets into the Flamin Hot Cheetos
The pain may not start for several hours. When it does, it will probably last a long time because the fat in the snack slows down digestion.
Give them OTC antacids appropriate for their age and weight. If you’re not sure how much, call your doctor.
Encourage them to eat an ice pop, which may help a bit.
Talk to your kids about this Flamin’ Hot Cheetos warning.
Warn them that when they eat a bag of these Cheetos, they may not feel anything in their stomach until they’ve eaten too many. And then? It’s too late to take it back.
What are your thoughts?
Sher Bailey is a writer in the Midwest who believes the power of humor, Mod Podge, and grandkids can fix most problems in life. You can find her at SherBailey.com.