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TikTok’s ‘Benadryl Challenge’ Is Putting Kids In The Hospital. Here’s What Parents Need To Know.

You guys!! My heart is just breaking. Can kids just stop doing stupid stuff already? UGH!

If you have a child old enough to be on TikTok, you should be aware of the current dangers lurking. I say current because it seems like there is some stupid and dangerous new challenge every week.

Apparently, there is a new challenge going around on TikTok dubbed the ‘Benadryl Challenge’.

What is the Benadryl Challenge on TikTok?

Well, in case you couldn’t guess by the name, it is where kids are purposely overdosing on Benadryl. Yeah, overdosing.

The Benadryl Challenge tells kids to multiply the recommended dosage of Benadryl numerous times in order to trigger hallucinations. The amount of which each kid is taking, it unknown but it’s enough to be putting kids in the hospital and even one 15-year-old girl died from complications associated with this dangerous challenge.

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Thoughts? A 15-year-old girl from #OklahomaCity has just passed away after taking part in a new #viral “#Benadrylchallenge,” which involves participants of the challenge taking over a dozen pills to induce hallucinations for them to then post the results to #TikTok. This incident has prompted one of the nation’s leading pharmaceutical manufacturers to release a new warning. A spokesperson for Johnson & Johnson has released a statement, described the challenge as “extremely concerning,” “dangerous,” and a trend that “should be stopped immediately.” “As with any medicine, abuse or misuse can lead to serious side effects with potentially long-lasting consequences, and Benadryl products should only be used as directed by the label,” the spokesperson added, Fox News reported. The Director of the Oklahoma Center for Poison and Drug Information also told the local news outlet that large doses of the antihistamine “can cause seizures, and particularly, problems with the heart,” adding, “The heart tends to go out of rhythm and not pump blood effectively.” KFOR-TV described the teenager who died as “an otherwise happy and faith-driven teen” and “not one to experiment with drugs.”. Johnson & Johnson, claims that it is “working with TikTok and others to do what they can do to stop this dangerous trend, including the removal of content across social platforms that showcase this behavior.” The trend has prompted Medical professionals to urge parents to keep an eye on their children’s social media activity and ensure they are aware of the dangers of participating in trends like the “#Benadryl challenge.”

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Dr. Perry told Good Housekeeping that overdosing on the OTC drug can cause your cardiovascular system to nearly fail, your heart to elevate to dangerous speeds and may even lead to heart arrhythmias — all of which can happen even if you only overdose on Benadryl once.

In a recent research study published in Clinical Toxicology, they found that Benadryl’s most common side effects were increased heart rate and vivid hallucinations. However, if kids are taking extra pills and not having hallucinations, they are taking more and more to try to get that “high”.

What does overdosing on Benadryl look like?

It can lead to these symptoms and more:

  • Excessive body heat and flushed skin, in the process of overheating.
  • Decreased sweat production and urinary retention, and the latter in particular can lead to serious issues.
  • Vision changes and inability to focus on your surroundings, as pupils can become restricted.
  • Delirium, including feelings of hyper-awareness or prolonged anxiety (“A feeling of spinning in circles,” Dr. Perry adds). (Source)

The bottom line is, this is stupid, reckless and a gamble on your child’s life. Please, please!! Talk to your kids and tell them NOT to do this.

By the way, yes, TikTok is deleting these videos as they come across them but that isn’t stopping kids from further spreading this awful “challenge”.

I truly miss the days kids weren’t on social media and went outside to play in the dirt.

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