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New research finds laundry detergent pods could be endangering your children
Researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio have found laundry and dishwasher detergent a danger for young children.
The Research Institute looked at just over 62,000 children under the age of six who had been exposed to the daily cleaning method, and found that there was a 17 percent increase between 2013 and 2014 in those having a negative encounter with laundry detergent, and a 14 percent increase in those ingesting dishwasher detergent.
Critics say the colorful pods are arguably attractive to young children due to their likeliness to popular candy.
Scientists found the pods were involved in two deaths and over two dozen poisonings within that time period, with U.S. poison control centers receiving over 37,000 calls from concerned parents after their children had consumed the tightly-packaged cleaning liquids.
Those numbers equate to approximately thirty calls every day, more specifically one call every 45 minutes.
Serious side affects of consuming liquid laundry tabs include heart problems, difficult breathing, falling in to a coma, and even death.
The research has also revealed that brightly-colored liquid detergent pods are significantly more dangerous than traditional detergent methods, with 45 percent of pod-related calls to the poison control center being referred to medical center for treatment, compared to just 17 percent of traditional laundry detergent calls, and just four percent of traditional dishwasher detergent calls.
The pods’ lethalness not only lies in the highly concentrated ingredients compared to traditional detergent, but also the potential for the liquid to squirt to the back of the throat—even reach the lungs—when a child bites down on the pod.
In an effort to reduce the harming of children through cleaning products, the ATSM International Standards agency published standard safety recommendations for liquid laundry packets in 2015, but the specifications were on a voluntary basis, which critics claim does not seriously encourage global liquid pod producers to combat the issue.
Manufacturers have responded to the study, which was released in the May 2016 Pediatrics journal, saying consumers should expect upgraded packaging in the next few months, making it harder for young children to open the plastic wrapping enclosing the tabs.
Experts are recommending perhaps the simplest way to avoid making detergent a danger for young children is simple: store the chemicals on a high shelf.