Owing to risk being posed by laundry pods to small children, Consumer Reports, a nonprofit organization that rates consumer products on both safety and reliability, has deleted the pods from “recommended” list. As far as the kid is concerned, this bag of pods is a bag of candy that his/her parents hid from them and now they have found it.
Many laundry pods manufacturer announced their strategic adjustments to remedy the situation; majority said that they’re planning to coat their pods with bitter-tasting substance.
The Poison Control says they have received complaints about children foaming at the mouth, continuous vomiting, and breathing trouble.
“We recognize the role parents and caregivers play in keeping children safe, but we believe the unique risks posed by liquid laundry pods warrant this action, at least until the adoption of tougher safety measures leads to a meaningful drop in injuries”. The industry responded by developing child-resistant safety latches for their packaging, and by eliminating clear plastic exteriors, which had previously shown the brightly colored detergent packets. “And since 2013, at least two children have died after ingesting a pod”, Yahoo Health reported. “Exposures to laundry packets, which are encased in a water-soluble membrane that can burst open, are typically highly concentrated compared to traditional laundry detergent and thus can have significantly more serious effects”, the AAPPC notes.
Young children “are curious, and they have no concept of danger”, he said.
Laundry pods full of concentrated liquid, meant for cleaning single loads of clothes, first came onto the market early in 2012.
Jeanie Jaramillo, PharmD, managing director of the Texas Panhandle Poison Center told HealthDay, “They [pods] are also soft and pliable, so kids may find that they are fun to squeeze or play with”.
“It’s a relatively new phenomenon”.
In the 2014 report, children under 3 accounted for about three-quarters of cases and 8 percent had what the researchers called a moderate or major medical issue as a result. Through this they discovered approximately 17,000 incidents.
More than 100 children needed to be intubated – to have a tube put down their throats to help them breathe.
The Huffington Post has reached out to Consumer Reports for comment and will update this piece accordingly.