Thousands Of Kids Sick From Laundry ‘Pods’ – Single Use Laundry Packets

by Rebecca on November 10, 2014

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Thousands of kids got sick, hundreds hospitalized from contact with laundry ‘Pods’

 By Rebecca Heriz

Doctors have started warning parents about those popular single use laundry packets, or Pods.  The detergent in the pods is more concentrated than regular detergent, and the colorful candy-like designs appeal to young kids.  My Mother-In-Law had a container of them sitting out one day when we were over there and quick as could be my 3 yr old grabbed one and started playing with it.. EEK!  I hadn’t ever warned my kids about those pods because we don’t have anything like them in my house.  I wasn’t prepared, and never expected that he’d find them so appealing.  I’m really grateful he didn’t pop it into his mouth!

A study by the American Association of Poison Control Centers, published today concluded that:  In 2012 and 2013 over 17,000 kids under 6  got sick from contact with the pods.  Most kids experienced excessive vomiting, wheezing and gasping.  Some got “very sleepy” and others had breathing problems serious enough to need a ventilator.  There were also reports of corneal abrasions when the detergent got into a child’s eyes.  More than 700 kids ended up in the hospital with seizures, comas and at least one child died.
Download the fact sheet HERE –> Laundry_packet_factsheet_5.2012
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Kids like helping out with household chores so be sure to heed the warnings from Poison Control to keep kids safe from cleaning supplies:

  • Always keep detergent containers closed, sealed and stored up high, out of the reach of children.
  • Follow the instructions on the product label.
  • Call your local poison center at 1-800-222-1222 immediately if you suspect a child has come in contact with this detergent.

The skin on the pods is designed to dissolve quickly, which means even handling them can lead to absorbing the chemicals through your skin, so be sure to wash hands thoroughly after handling.

Better yet, make the switch to safe laundry and cleaning products.

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AnnaLaura Brown November 22, 2014 at 8:01 am

Yikes. Yet another reason to use a more natural and safer laundry detergent.

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