Cincinnati Kids’s warns about harmful ‘dry scooping’ TikTok problem
CINCINNATI (WXIX) – Doctors warn parents about a new social media trend they believe can be dangerous.
The TikTok Dry Scooping Challenge encourages people to swallow dry protein powder or dry pre-workout powder without mixing it with water on video.
“I don’t know who’s got it. It’s unsettling. I wish it would stop, ”said Dave Hatter, FOX19 tech expert. “The idea that you basically only eat a lot of it at once, don’t choke on it, don’t get sick, don’t have a heart attack, etc., that just doesn’t make sense.”
Medical workers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital posted a message online warning people that this is a dangerous thing:
“TikTok trends come and go, but being aware of them can help keep kids safe. One potentially dangerous trend floating around that our Drugs and Poison Information Center would like you to know about is called dry paddling. It involves consuming protein powder or any other pre-workout supplement straight from its container without mixing it with water. This trend poses a choking risk when trying to ingest powders without liquids, and some of these supplements are also high in caffeine.
If consumed excessively or too quickly, caffeine can lead to nervousness, upset stomach, sleep problems and increased heart rate. There have even been reports of heart attacks related to dry paddling. We encourage you to talk to your children about the dangers of this trend. Ask them if they are taking any supplements, read the labels, and make sure they follow the product instructions rather than what they may have seen on TikTok. “
Health professionals urge parents to take precautionary measures. They suggest checking to see if your kids are taking any supplements. If so, they say you should make sure they are safe and advise your children to read and follow the product instructions.
Hatter said it was also a good idea to monitor smartphone apps.
“As a parent, how do you even know about these things, how do you stay ahead of the game. It’s really hard, and it’s really disturbing, and I don’t know why an adult would post this type of content knowing that there are going to be kids and young adults who are going to see this and say, ‘Oh yeah, that sounds like a good idea. I think I’ll try, ”said Hatter. “Every cell phone manufacturer has some kind of parental controls that you can try to activate.”
Hatter said parents can also download safety apps and parental control apps to keep track of their kids’ activities. Some internet companies also offer similar options, Hatter said.
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