Boy Dies: Cinnamon Swallowing Leads To Death Of Matthew Radar, Mother Shares Story In Hopes Of Stopping The Cinnamon Challenge

Louis Babcock

A grieving mother is sharing the story of how her 4-year-old boy died after ingesting cinnamon, in the hopes that people understand the dangers of the cinnamon food challenge that has been sweeping across the internet.

Back in June of this year, Matthew Radar was acting like a normal 4-year-old boy and wanted to explore. Matthew climbed up on the cabinets in the kitchen and found a container of cinnamon. The boy began to eat the cinnamon that he had found, and he began to choke. The boy's mother, Brianna, states that she had her back turned for less than a minute and then her whole world changed.

"He started choking, it was like he was having a seizure and just collapsed."

Brianna Radar is now sharing her tragic story in the hopes to educate the public and raise awareness that cinnamon can kill when inhaled in large doses. The focus of who she wants to be aware are the children who want to participate in the cinnamon challenge.

"All these kids do the cinnamon challenge. They don't think about the fact it can hurt them."

Cinnamon is harvested from the bark of certain trees. Because it is a plant, it contains cellulose. If cellulose ends up inside of the lungs it can lead to deadly consequences. This is what happened to the 4-year-old boy earlier this summer. Matthew inhaled the cinnamon and it got inside of his lungs, causing him to no longer be able to get the oxygen that he needed to live. Matthew was too young to know that what he was doing could kill him. The ones who are old enough to know how to do the cinnamon challenge should be smart enough to realize that it could kill them.

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