If you have adopted the trend of using detergent pods instead of liquid detergent, then you know how convenient they can be. But if you have small children around, you should also be aware of the dangers they pose.
Each year poison centers receive plenty of calls about children who have swallowed liquid laundry detergent. Many times these cases end up being nothing more harmful than an upset stomach.
However, in recent years, children are suffering much more severe symptoms from coming into contact with the concentrated detergent pods. A recent study confirms that the brightly colored pods, which resemble candy to children, pose serious contact and ingestions hazards for children. Over 17,000 calls were made to poison control centers the first year the product was on the market. Almost 80 percent of cases involved ingestion of the pods.
Reported reactions to ingestion and eye contact with the pods include:
- Excessive vomiting
- Breathing problems
- Scratches to the eyes
- Pulmonary edema
- Respiratory arrest
Keep your children safe by storing detergent pods in a closed container on a high shelf out of the reach of children. Call your local poison center if your child has come into contact with detergent pods.
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