Laundry pods and tots don’t mix

laundry pods Using data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, researchers say eye injuries are increasing in 3- to 4-year-olds who have access to laundry detergent pods. In 2015, almost 500 eye injuries from the pods occurred among this age group. Attracted to the brightly colored contents, children are hurt when playing with or handling the pods. The packets can break, squirting detergent into the eyes, or children touch their eyes after getting detergent on their hands.

The pods contain highly concentrated cleaners that are more toxic than traditional liquid or powder laundry detergents. While this study focused on contact-related eye injuries, such as burns to the cornea that can cause vision loss, other pod-related injuries have been reported. Choking on packets, as well as seizures, coma, respiratory arrest and even death from poisoning have occurred when children ingest packet contents.

Keep your tot out of harm’s way by following these safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Association of Poison Control Centers:

  • Use liquid or powder detergent until all children living in or visiting your home are at least 6 years old.
  • Keep the container out of sight and out of reach of children.
  • Remove pod from its original container when you’re ready to place it in the washing machine.
  • If your child gets the contents of one of these packets in his or her mouth or detergent gets into the eyes or on the skin, call Poison Help at 1-800-222-1222 immediately.