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Laundry Detergent Pod Poison Dangers Continue for Kids

As reported by MSN, New research published in Pediatrics has found that colorful plastic detergent packets, particularly bright orange, green, and blu laundry pods, present a much greater danger to children than all other types of laundry and dishwasher detergent.

Researchers sifted through more than 62,000 calls made to poison control centers in the U.S. from January 2013 through December 2014; each was related to laundry and dishwasher detergent exposure in children aged 6 and younger. 60 percent of the calls concerned children’s exposure to detergent pods.

The research team was particularly concerned that many of the serious health dangers — including coma, breathing difficulties, heart problems, and death — were only observed in young children, a population most likely to mistake the colorful bulging plastic pods for candy or toys.

Many families don’t realize how toxic these highly concentrated laundry detergent packets are.

–Dr. Marcel J. Casavant, co-author of the new study.

Also of great concern is the trend revealed by the research — that these poisoning incidents among kids are on the rise. According to the observed incident numbers, some poison control center in the U.S. gets a call about a child ingesting a concentrated laundry pod every 45 minutes. Consumer Reports announced in late 2015 that it would no longer recommend liquid detergent laundry pods because of their inherent, disproportionate risks and hazards.

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