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PostHeaderIcon Children Can Become Seriously Ill From Consuming Laundry Detergent Packets

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The American Association of Poison Control Centers has issued a warning about children eating single dose packs of laundry detergent. The AAPCC says some young children and toddlers who swallow these small packets have become very ill and have required hospitalization. Other children have gotten the product in their eyes, resulting in significant eye irritation. Here are some highlights of the incidents:

  • Ten minutes after a 20-month-old swallowed a laundry detergent packet, the child developed profuse vomiting, wheezing and gasping and then became unresponsive to even painful stimuli.
  • A 15-month-old who bit into a pack and swallowed a mouthful had profuse vomiting and, after arrival at a hospital, had to be put on a ventilator for airway protection.
  • A 17-month-old bit into a packet and then rapidly developed drowsiness, vomited, breathed the product into the lungs, and had to be put on a ventilator.

Dr. Michael Beuhler, medical director of the Carolinas Poison Center, says, “The rapid onset of significant symptoms is pretty scary. Other laundry detergents cause only mild stomach upset or even no symptoms at all. Although we aren’t certain what in the product is making the children sick, we urge all
parents and caregivers to make sure laundry detergent packs are not accessible to young kids.”

Dr. Richard Besser discusses the danger posed by colorful detergent packets for ABC News. Some of these colorful detergent packs resemble candy, which explains why toddlers are eating them. Take a look:

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