You might love your laundry detergent pods for their convenience, but your little one loves them because they are small (perfect size for little hands), colorful and they look like candy.
Since laundry detergent pods were introduced in the U.S. in 2010, emergency departments have seen a spike in the number of children, generally toddlers, who have ingested or eaten them.
“Between 2012 and 2013, more than 700 children, ages 5 and under, were hospitalized or experienced serious effects as a result of liquid laundry packets, with the impact greatest among 1 and 2 year olds,” noted Jill Lucas-Drakeford, a Carilion Clinic community health educator and southwest Virginia coordinator for Safe Kids Worldwide. “That’s an average of one child per day.”
Liquid detergent packets are designed to dissolve in water, so when they come in contact with wet hands or mouths, they start to dissolve and might release the concentrated liquid.
Follow these tips from Safe Kids Worldwide to keep your little one safe and out of the ER.
- Keep liquid laundry packets up high out of children’s reach and sight.
- Keep packets in their original container and keep the container closed.
- If a child gets into them, call the Poison Control help number immediately: 800-222-1222.
Watch the video below for more information about keeping kids safe around laundry detergent packets.