Cincinnati Children’s warns of dangerous TikTok “dry scooping” challenge
CINCINNATI (WXIX) – Doctors are warning parents of a new social media trend they believe can be dangerous.
The TikTok “dry scoop” 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 invented this stuff. It’s annoying. I wish it would stop, ”said Dave Hatter, FOX19 technical expert. “The idea that you’re just going to ingest a bunch of this at once, not choke, get sick, not have a heart attack, etc., just doesn’t make sense.”
Medical staff at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital shared a post online warning people that it is a dangerous thing to do:
“TikTok trends come and go, but being aware of them can help protect children. One potentially dangerous circulating trend that our Drug and Poison Information Center wants you to know about is called dry pickup. This involves eating protein powder or other pre-workout supplement straight from its container, without mixing it with water. This tendency presents a choking hazard when trying to ingest powder without liquid, and some of these supplements also contain a high amount of caffeine.
When consumed in excess or too quickly, caffeine can cause tremors, upset stomach, trouble sleeping, and increased heart rate. There have even been reports of heart attacks linked to the dry scooping. We encourage you to talk to your children about the dangers of this trend. Ask them if they take any supplements, read the labels, and make sure they follow the product directions, instead of what they might have seen on TikTok.
Health professionals urge parents to take precautions. They suggest checking to see if your children are taking supplements. If so, they say you need to make sure they are safe and advise your children to read and follow the directions for the product.
Hatter said it was also a good idea to monitor smartphone apps.
“As a parent, how do you even know these things, how do you stay one step ahead. It’s really hard, and it’s really disturbing, and I don’t know why an adult would post this kind of content knowing that there will be kids and young adults who will see this and say ‘oh yeah that is. Looks like a good idea, I think I’ll try that, ”Hatter said. “Every cell phone manufacturer has some kind of parental control that you can try to activate.”
Hatter said parents can also download safety apps and parental control apps to keep tabs on their children’s activities. Some Internet companies also offer similar options, Hatter said.
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