The dangerous teen TikTok 'challenge' parents need to know about: 'Reckless'

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Photo TikTok @billiroyce 

A concerning new trend has emerged on social media, and it is sending teens to the emergency room. 

The 'Milk Crate Challenge' first went viral on TikTok, and just like any viral challenge, it spread quickly. The hashtag #milkcratechallenge now has nearly three million views and video attempts are being uploaded by the minute. 

The challenge involves stacking milk crates in the shape of a pyramid, and then attempting to walk from one side of the pyramid to the other. The aim is to get the crates as high as possible, and make it to the other end without falling. 

As you can imagine however, the instability of the crates means more often then not, the person being filmed is captured falling and injuring themselves. This, alarmingly, adding to teens' desire to watch the videos. 

Compilation videos are now emerging of the 'worst milk crate fails', showing numerous people falling to the ground, from up to three meters high. Some are seen collapsing on their back, hitting their head and screaming out in pain. 

As the challenge starts to spread to other platforms like Instagram and Twitter, medical professionals are calling it out for being reckless. 

George Gantsoudes, a Paediatric Orthopedic Surgeon from the US, tweeted a warning to teens who are thinking of attempting the challenge. "Might not want to tempt the trauma gods." 

Not just concerned about the injuries it can cause, he also pointed out the unnecessary stress it would place on a health care system already battling COVID-19.

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"The orthopaedic surgeries required to fix problems caused by this may fall under the umbrella of 'elective surgeries'." 

It is not the only dangerous viral challenge that has emerged during the pandemic.

Earlier this year, a 13-year-old girl in the UK swallowed 15 magnetic beads while following a 'fake piercing' challenge on TikTok. The young girl had to undergo major abdominal surgery. 

We've also seen the 'blackout challenge' surface, where kids restrict their own breathing in an attempt to experience a high. And, the 'stand up challenge' that dared people to stand on their partner's back and try moving to their shoulders, while that person slowly stood up.