Here's a helpful piece of information from the American Academy of Pediatrics about those popular single-load
packets of laundry and dishwasher detergent:
They’re colorful and look like gummy candy, but just one single-load detergent packet can harm children if they swallow the liquid
Ever since single-load laundry pods hit
store shelves, poison centers across the United States have been getting calls
about them. Children who do not know any better put them in their mouths,
thinking they are candy, teething rings, or toys. Others have gotten the
chemicals from the packs on their hands and then touched their eyes, causing
Accidental poisonings from these packets
In 2012, about 500 children were injured
after getting into liquid laundry packets. Some children had to go to the
hospital because they ate the product and then fainted, vomited uncontrollably,
became very sleepy, or could not breathe. Others suffered from eye burns and
could not see for a while, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Accidental poisoning is the top cause of
death in children. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises parents to keep
these detergent packets and all cleaning supplies locked up where young children
can’t see or reach them. Most children who get into cleaning supplies are age 5
Here are some other tips to keep children
safe from poisonous substances, including laundry pods:
Do not let children handle the
detergent packets. Adults should make sure their own hands are
dry before handling them.
Keep packets sealed in their
original packaging. Never store them in food containers, cups, or bottles.
Lock away any product that is
dangerous to young children, including those in the garage and medicine
Even if a package seems
childproof, it should be kept out of sight and reach.
For a poison emergency in the U.S., or if
you think your child may have swallowed or had contact with detergent packets
or any other poisonous substance, call the Poison Help Line anytime at 1-800-222-1222.