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Children are Swallowing Detergent Pods

Posted on behalf of Greg Coleman Law on Sep 07, 2012 in Consumer Alerts

Laundry detergent capsules are easy to use, but pose a health threat to young children. Kids are attracted to the small colorful packets that resemble candy.  Health officials have received numerous reports of children swallowing the detergent pods.

CNN reports that U.S. poison hotlines have received almost 3,000 calls this year about kids under 5 swallowing the detergent capsules.

The detergent contains strong alkaline cleaning agents that can destroy tissue and cause inflammation and swelling.  In some instances the children became so ill that they had to be hospitalized. However, no deaths have been reported.

U.S. poison centers are urging parents to store the detergent packets out of the reach of young kids.


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