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Laundry Detergent Pods Poisoning Children

Safety Warning Regarding Single-Dose Laundry Detergent Pods

Parents of young children should be aware of the potential risks involving the new laundry detergent “pods” currently on the market. Brands like Tide and Dropps market these single-dose packets as a mess-and-spill-free laundry solution, but there’s been an alarming number of cases of toddlers ingesting the pods and becoming very ill.

The problem stems from the fact that these packets look a lot like candy. They are bite-size and brightly-colored and are strikingly similar in appearance to gummy candies. Tide Pods even come in a container that resembles a candy jar and has an easy pop-open lid. When ingested, these highly-concentrated pods can cause breathing problems, vomiting, nausea and diarrhea. Because of their concentration, they seem to be even more toxic to children than regular laundry detergent, which usually causes only mild stomach problems.

Though these products were released in early 2012, poison control centers across the U.S. have just recently begun linking them to illness. The trend was noticed earlier this month, after there were a reported 179 calls to poison control centers nationwide in 20 days – an average of 10 calls/day!

Tide has released a statement that the company will be releasing a child-proof double latch container by late summer. Until then, parents need to be advised to keep this product out of sight and out of reach of young children. If your child ingests one of these pods, call poison control immediately and have the child drink glasses of water. Do not try to induce vomiting. If vomiting or other symptoms occur, take the child to the hospital.

Watch ABC News’ coverage of this report.

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