Laundry Detergent Pods Possibly Too Hazardous for Child Households
Details About the Laundry Detergent Pods Consumer Reports
According to Consumer Reports, hospitals are currently dealing with high rates of accidental poisoning due young children cpnsuming the detergent pods – this information was provided by Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital is encouraging that households with children six-years of age and under stop buying laundry detergent pods. These products have been labeled a serious hazard to children by doctors who have analyzed the adverse effects the pods can have.
The most recent study analyzing the pods lasted two years, running from 2012 through 2013. There was an emphasis on the children inhaling, swallowing, or being exposed to the chemicals within the detergent pods. The findings point to a need for improved national safety standards and for families to stop keeping these products in homes with children under the age of six.
It is reported in the study that the children can mistake the pods for brightly colored candies and attempt to eat them. When children put these pods into their mouths they run the risk of swallowing large amounts of concentrated chemicals. Two-thirds of the cases occurred in children under two.
Advice for Caregivers and Parents About Detergent Pods
- Adults should consider using traditional laundry detergent instead of the pods
- The pods should be stored out of sight of children, locked cabinets are recommended
- All laundry detergent containers or packages should be immediately closed and stored after use