Detergent Pods Dangerous For Kids

Detergent Pods Dangerous For Kids
Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 5:17pm

Doctors are calling for improved packaging for laundry and dishwasher detergent capsules to make them child resistant. 

Poison call centers nationwide have reported an increase in calls about children under the age of five consuming colorful detergent pods. 

Doctors in Scotland published a letter in a medical journal about 5 cases of kids under age 2 who had to be hospitalized after eating liqui-tabs.  

Detergent pods contain strong alkaline cleaning agents, which can destroy tissue and block airways.

Pods are often much more potent than typical detergent. 

The makers of Tide have promised to create a new double latch lid on the jar and redesign the colored packets.

Procter and Gamble hopes to release the new design in the next few weeks.

In the meantime, the experts at Poison control say if your child comes in contact with the detergent, wash it out immediately and give Poison Control a call at 800-222-1222.

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