Laundry Detergent Pods Cause Increase in Poisonings, Serious Effects

From Forbes:

Every 45 minutes, every day, a poison control center somewhere in the U.S. receives a call about a child who has ingested or otherwise been exposed to a laundry detergent packet, according to Gary Smith, MD, director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. In a new Pediatrics study led by Smith, laundry detergent packets emerged as the biggest contributor to hospitalizations and serious medical effects among any other kind of detergent poisoning.

“Concentrated detergent packets may be good for sales but not for children,” Smith said. “Packets often resemble candy or juice, and are the perfect size for a young child to grab and put in their mouth.” Yet the packets differ in chemical composition from non-packet detergents and are more highly concentrated—but easier to ingest quickly. “The water-soluble membrane will quickly begin to dissolve in their mouth, and/or pop when the child bites it, which shoots concentrated detergent down their throat and into their airway,” Smith said.

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