There are plenty of totally harmless TikTok trends, but there are also a few that are truly dangerous. The TikTok magnet trend falls into that second category and has already landed some children in the hospital. Now, as the trend makes headlines because of its potential dangers, many want to know more about what exactly it is.
The magnet trend involves placing small, round magnets on both sides of your tongue to make it look like you’ve gotten your tongue pierced. Some have also done the same thing with their nose to make it seem like they’ve gotten their nose pierced. The challenge is dangerous because it’s not hard to accidentally swallow one of the magnets, which can then wreak havoc on your internal organs.
Recently, there have been several reports of fairly young children getting admitted to the hospital after they swallowed one or more magnets. One nine-year-old boy, Jack Mason, went through intensive surgery at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow and had to have his appendix, as well as parts of his small and large intestines removed.
In speaking with the BBC, Jack’s mother Carolann McGeogh said she was told that her son’s problems were severe.
“It was explained to me that the damage these magnets can cause could be so extreme that he might not pull through,” she said. “Through floods of tears I then had to sign my permission to the operation, acknowledging that ‘anything could happen,'”
“Jack is lucky to be alive,” she continued. “If his experience can prevent other kids from enduring the same, then I will do everything I can to do that.”
In Britain, 65 children have been admitted to the hospital in the past three years for swallowing magnets, and it’s possible that the magnet trend is only accelerating those figures.
Please avoid giving your child toys with #MagneticBalls in them, they can be very dangerous if swallowed.
While magnets in toys should be covered by safety standards, it’s very easy to buy dangerous magnetic toys online, with no guarantees they are safe.
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Sky News reports that magnets can become “forced together in the intestines or bowels, squeezing the tissue and cutting off the blood supply.” Britain’s National Health Service has also been warning parents about the dangers of magnetic balls for years.
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