Report: Laundry Detergent ‘Pods’ Can Pose Dangers to Children

A new study has found that laundry detergent pods were responsible for more than 17,000 calls to U.S. poison control centers in 2012 and 2013. Of those kids exposed to the chemicals in detergent pods, 700 were hospitalized and 1 died.

Laundry detergent pods contain highly concentrated detergent that’s released in the wash via a water-soluble sack. The pods are often packaged colorfully and look like candy, leading some kids to swallow or burst them open. Exposure to the chemicals in the pods has been linked to skin and eye irritation (including corneal abrasion), vomiting, lethargy, seizure, respiratory distress, coma, and one confirmed death.

Manufacturers of these products are reportedly working on more child-resistant packaging. In the meantime, health officials encourage parents of young children to recognize the toxicity of the pods and keep them out of reach in a locked cabinet or switch to traditional laundry detergent.

Sources: Washington Post, Business Insider

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