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Teen Boy Lands in the Hospital From a TikTok Challenge That Is Making a Comeback — And His Mom Has a Message for You

TikTok’s viral ‘Benadryl challenge’ is making the rounds again — and the dangerous trend reportedly left another teenager fighting for his life. Now, his mother is advising other parents on how to keep their kids safe.

As NBC New York reported, a New Jersey teen was rushed to the hospital in April after partaking in the challenge, which encourages people to consume large quantities of the over-the-counter allergy medication in the name of getting high.

The 13-year-old boy — whose name has not been shared publicly — was found “curled in a fetal position on the floor, eyes dilated, like staring into space, couldn’t move, couldn’t walk,” according to his mother. He was quickly transferred to an ICU at a neighboring hospital.

Luckily, the New Jersey teen is now home and fully recovered. But other Benadryl challenge participants have not been so fortunate.

As PEOPLE reported last month, Jacob Stevens, a fellow 13-year-old from Ohio, tragically died after trying the viral trend.

“When he did [the challenge], it all came at once, and it was too much for his body,” his father, Justin Stevens, told the local news outlet ABC 6. “No brain scan, there was nothing there. They said we could keep him on the [ventilator], that he could lay there, but he will never open his eyes, he’ll never breathe, smile, walk or talk.”

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