Laundry Detergent Pods Pose Risk to Children
About the Laundry Pod Child Injury Study
According to Fox News, the research determined that between 2012 and 2013, U.S. poison control centers received 17,230 reports of children under the age of 6 swallowing, inhaling or being exposed to the chemical packaged inside launder detergent pods.
Further, data showed that nearly two-thirds of those reports involved toddlers between the ages of one and two and a total of 769 young children had be hospitalized. That averages to one hospitalization every day.
The most common effects reported to poison control centers included:
- Coughing and choking
- Eye pain or irritation
- Drowsiness or lethargy
- Mouth pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Windpipe injuries
Researchers noted that the severity of these symptoms were significantly worse than symptoms caused by traditional liquid and powder detergents. In some cases, children were put on breathing machines for several days and one incident resulted in death.
While researchers state that parents can take measures to reduce risk to their children, they are also calling on manufacturers to take steps to alter the pods.
The study’s co-author, Dr. Marcel J. Casavant, chief of toxicology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and medical director of the Central Ohio Poison Center, urges parents with small children to stay away from the laundry pods. If pods must be used, they should be kept out of children’s reach and should be monitored strictly when not safely put away – instances of exposure were common when the pod was next to the washer or in the car on the way to the laundromat.
Researchers also urged manufacturers to remove characteristics that make the pods appealing to children, like the bright colors and squishy felling. The researchers also noted that manufacturers could use less toxic ingredients.