New numbers released in the journal Pediatrics show that many young children are continuing to eat a significantly large number of laundry detergent pods.
Calls to poison control centers increased 17% from 2013 through 2014. More than 22,000 children, mostly under age 3, were exposed to laundry packets in that period. About 30% of them were “already in or en route” to health care facilities when the call for help came in.The data identified life-threatening problems that occurred only when children were exposed to packets of laundry detergent, including cases of children who stopped breathing, went into comas or suffered cardiac arrest. Two children died. The packets can also cause vomiting, throat burns and eye injuries.