Laundry detergent pods particularly dangerous for children

From Reuters:

A new study adds to evidence that laundry detergent pods are dangerous for little kids.

The pods are all-in-one packets – often brightly colored – containing detergent that’s released in the wash, so users don’t have to measure detergent in a cup. They were introduced in the U.S. in 2012. The next year, U.S. poison control centers received more than 17,000 calls – or about one per hour – about children who’d been exposed to chemicals in laundry detergent pods, Reuters Health reported in 2014.

Now a new study, published in the journal Injury Prevention, has compared the dangers of laundry pods and standard laundry detergent and found that exposures to the pods are more likely to land a child in the hospital.

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