With the increased use of social media, dangerous challenges have emerged that kids and teens participate in. In the past, some of these have included the Tide Pod Challenge, Salt and Ice Challenge, Kylie Jenner Challenge, Fire Challenge, Skull Breaker Challenger, and many more. The latest risky challenge teens are participating in on TikTok is the Benadryl Challenge.
What Is The Benadryl Challenge?
The Benadryl Challenge asks participants to take multiple doses of Benadryl to the point that they are tripping over themselves or are having hallucinations. This Benadryl TikTok trend can be extremely dangerous and should not be done by anyone, especially kids.
It was recently publicized that a 15-year-old teen from Oklahoma participated in the challenge and died as a result. Back in May, 3 Texas teens were hospitalized after participating in the challenge.
What Is Being Done About This Challenge?
In response to the popularity of this challenge, Johnson & Johnson released the following statement:
The BENADRYL TikTok trend is extremely concerning, dangerous and 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 company cares about the health and safety of people and the public, and advises parents to keep such medicine away from children and teens. Currently, TikTok is not taking action regarding the challenge, but it wouldn’t be surprising if they take down challenge content in the near future.
How Can This Challenge Affect One’s Health?
Participating in this challenge and taking too much Benadryl can potentially be life threatening. Below, we’ve listed the potential side effects and risks of doing so.
- Extreme drowsiness
- Cardiac arrest and arrhythmia.
What Can You Do To Prevent Your Child From Participating In This Challenge?
Keep Benadryl and Similar Medications In A Safe Place
First, make sure medications including and similar to Benadryl are in a safe place that your kids cannot access. Don’t place them in a bathroom they commonly use, and give medication to them as needed.
Johnson & Johnson has advised that parents visit www.poison.org/ to learn more about the Benadryl challenges and the other negative impacts of other medications. You never know when your child may accidentally or stupidly take a harmful medication they shouldn’t be taking.
Monitor Their Devices and Social Media Use
To ensure that your child isn’t participating in these challenges, you may want to consider monitoring their device and social media use. See what content they have stored on their devices and posted on social media including comments, photos, and videos. There are plenty of free and paid monitoring apps parents can use.
As a parent, it’s your responsibility to keep your child safe. This includes knowing what they are up to online and making sure they aren’t participating in dangerous social media challenges.