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Is Danger Lurking in Your Laundry Room?

Laundry detergent pods are convenient, but they could pose serious risks to young children. Because they can be mistaken for toys or candy, accidental poisonings are increasingly common.

According to the latest statistics 11,714 reports of incidents involving kids aged 5 and younger and laundry detergent pods were reported to poison control centers nationwide in 2014. This year, there have already been more than 6,000 reports.

As reported by The Washington Post, the potential for poisoning recently prompted Consumer Reports to issue a strong warning and remove all laundry pods from its list of recommended detergents. “When curious kids find their way into regular liquid laundry detergent, the result is often nothing worse than an upset stomach. Laundry detergent pods are presenting more serious symptoms. Along with vomiting, lethargy, and delirium, some victims have stopped breathing," Consumer Reports warns.

Below are several symptoms that can arise if your child comes into contact with a detergent pod:

  • Excessive vomiting
  • Coughing
  • Drowsiness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Scratches to the eyes
  • Seizures
  • Pulmonary edema
  • Respiratory arrest

Some laundry pod manufacturers have taken steps to address the poisoning risk, such as making the containers more difficult to open and adding a bitter flavor to the pods. However, Consumer Reports contends that they haven’t gone far enough.

For parents who chose to use the pods, you can keep your children safe by storing detergent pods in a closed container on a high shelf out of the reach of children. If your child has ingested a laundry pod, it is imperative to immediately call your local poison center.

Laundry detergent pods are convenient, but they could pose serious risks to young children. Because they can be mistaken for toys or candy, accidental poisonings are increasingly common.

According to the latest statistics 11,714 reports of incidents involving kids aged 5 and younger and laundry detergent pods were reported to poison control centers nationwide in 2014. This year, there have already been more than 6,000 reports.

As reported by The Washington Post, the potential for poisoning recently prompted Consumer Reports to issue a strong warning and remove all laundry pods from its list of recommended detergents. “When curious kids find their way into regular liquid laundry detergent, the result is often nothing worse than an upset stomach. Laundry detergent pods are presenting more serious symptoms. Along with vomiting, lethargy, and delirium, some victims have stopped breathing," Consumer Reports warns.

Below are several symptoms that can arise if your child comes into contact with a detergent pod:

  • Excessive vomiting
  • Coughing
  • Drowsiness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Scratches to the eyes
  • Seizures
  • Pulmonary edema
  • Respiratory arrest

Some laundry pod manufacturers have taken steps to address the poisoning risk, such as making the containers more difficult to open and adding a bitter flavor to the pods. However, Consumer Reports contends that they haven’t gone far enough.

For parents who chose to use the pods, you can keep your children safe by storing detergent pods in a closed container on a high shelf out of the reach of children. If your child has ingested a laundry pod, it is imperative to immediately call your local poison center.

If your child or someone you love has been seriously injured by a dangerous or defective product, don’t hesitate to contacta San Diego product liability attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation.