A common household staple is putting young children in danger every day — and it isn't a cleaning chemical you might think of, like bleach. A new study published today in the Pediatrics journal says roughly 20 percent of children ingest laundry or washing machine detergent pods.
The researchers studied data from 2013 and 2014 and found that there were over 62,000 calls made to the Poison Control Center for this reason — about one call every 45 minutes. Most of the children were under three years old, and almost all were under six years old.
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The pods are brightly colored, making them attractive to young kids, and the results of digesting them can be heartbreaking. Seventeen children were put into a comatose state because of digesting detergent pods. Two young children died as a result.
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Parents are advised to keep the pods up high so children cannot reach them. Many parents store dishwashing detergent pods under the kitchen sink; an easy place for kids to find them.
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