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The ‘Nutmeg Challenge’: a dangerous social media trend
  1. Rachel Rose Atherton
  1. Department of Paediatrics, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Rachel Rose Atherton, Department of Paediatrics, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury HP21 8AL, Buckinghamshire, UK; ratherton1{at}

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The most recent in a series of dangerous social media trends has seen children ingesting large quantities of nutmeg in an attempt to gain a natural ‘high’.

Over the past 20 years, there has been a sharp rise in the number of online social media platforms, with sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat allowing increasing access to a wide variety of content from across the world. Since 2018, users have turned to TikTok, a mobile phone application (‘app’) that allows the creation of 15 second videos which are shared online. It now hosts approximately 800 million active users,1 the majority …

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  • Funding The author has not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.