Caution: Children + Colorful Detergent Capsuls!

More kids eating colorful detergent capsules
September 7, 2012

Safety experts are issuing warnings about laundry pods, tiny packets of detergent, which are shiny, and brightly colored, causing small children to confuse them with candy. NBC’s Mara Schiavocampo reports.

By Linda Carroll

It seems to be the unspoken rule with toddlers is: If it fits in your mouth, it was meant to be swallowed.

Just as parents figured out how to live without bite-sized batteries and magnets, a new threat appeared: Toddlers around the country are mistaking handy single-use laundry detergent packets for tasty treats.

There have now been 2,950 cases of kids aged 5 and younger swallowing the colorful packets, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers. That’s nearly 13 cases a day that are being reported nationwide. The number of children ingesting the detergent pods is up from the figure initially recorded by the AAPCC in May, when there were 443 reported incidences. (Read more)

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