A new study published in Pediatrics asserts that laundry detergent pods pose a serious threat to the health and well-being of young children. Laundry detergent pods are filled with extra-concentrated detergent, and when ingested, pose a severe poisoning threat.
The problem with the detergent pods, according to the study, is that the pods are presented in colorful packaging and can look like candy. Kids are swallowing the pods whole or are chewing on them until they explode, exposing them to the harmful detergent. 17,000 children were affected from 2012-2013, with about 700 of the victims requiring hospitalization. One child was killed after ingesting a pod.
Symptoms of ingesting the detergent pods include lethargy, respiratory distress, and depression of consciousness. According to the published study, the detergent in the pods is more dangerous than bottled detergent. The study recommends changing the packaging and labeling of the products to reduce accidental ingestion. It also recommends reformulating the detergent to be less toxic.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a detergent pod or any dangerous product, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker now at (800) 333-0000 for a free consultation. You may be entitled to compensation.