EXPERTS have slammed parents participating in the latest TikTok trend that has been followed by millions.
Currently, the popular #eggprank trend is spreading on social media, in which parents are filmed smashing an egg on a young child’s head.
However, medical experts have sharply criticized the participants and warned of the possible harm.
Most of the videos posted on TikTok feature a parent with a child in the kitchen.
The parent is seen taking a raw egg and telling the unsuspecting child that they will break it open.
But instead of making it in a pan or bowl, they crack it on the child’s head before pouring the egg into a bowl or pan.
This trend has now caught on, although in some videos the child appears upset or stunned and in others even appears to be crying.
In some cases, the child retaliates by throwing an egg back at the parent.
According to the information, the videos with the hashtag #eggprank had more than 670 million views as of Tuesday NBC.
Some of these had managed to get up to 6 million views each.
However, medical experts warn that the prank could cause side effects, including bruising the head or spreading germs.
dr Meghan Martin, who works at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in Florida as a pediatric emergency counselor and has 1.3million followers on TikTok, said, “I wasn’t a big fan of it at all.”
“It doesn’t benefit kids in any way, and to be honest, I don’t find it entertaining.
“We literally smack salmonella on their foreheads.
“It’s harder to get a toddler to drink fluids if they have gastrointestinal disease or food poisoning, and therefore are more likely to end up in the hospital for IV fluids.”
Pediatric occupational therapist Amanda Mathers tried the prank on herself.
She said it was “hard to crack the egg on my head and my fully developed skull.”
“And trying to bang that egg in my head almost gave me a shock like tears came to my eyes.”
However, not everyone was convinced of the potential damage the prank could do.
Rebecca Burger-Caplan, clinical director of child, youth and family services at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, said a one-time experience like the egg wash is unlikely to have a long-term impact.
The Sun Online has reached out to TikTok for comment.