Illinois Poison Control Warns About Children and Pods

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ILLINOIS-----It's a danger that can reach your child quickly, and could be sitting in your laundry room within a child's reach right now.

We're talking about laundry pods, and to children they are not detergent----in fact, they look like candy to many kids. The Illinois Poison Center says despite repeated warnings about the dangers of laundry detergent packets, or pods, a new study reveals that calls to poison control centers continue to dramatically rise.

The study was published online in the journal Pediatrics, and can be viewed HERE. It found that there is a 17% increase in the number of children under age 6 who were exposed to laundry detergent packets from 2013 to 2014. The exposure was primarily through ingesting the pods. More than 100 children who were exposed to the pods required intubation, and two children died.

Last year, the Illinois Poison Center and the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital released an analysis of the threat of laundry pods to young children. That analysis can be viewed HERE. It found a nearly ten-fold increase in calls to the Poison Center about children's exposure to the product from 2012 to 2014.

If you suspect that you or someone else has been exposed to a laundry pod or another potentially harmful substance, call the Illinois Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222. For more information, you can also visit the Illinois Poison Center's web site by clicking HERE.

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