Keywords: Pediatric exposure, laundry detergent pods (PubMed Search)
Posted: 6/23/2016 by Hong Kim, MD, MPH
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Laundry detergent pods were introduced in 2012 to make washing clothes more "convenient." Since then, pediatric exposures to laundry detergent pods have increased as the use of these detergent pods have become more common in homes. Like other household chemical exposure, small, colorful candy like appearances of laundry detergent pods can attract the attention of < 3 years old children resulting in unintentional exposure due to curiosity or taste.
Most frequent clinical effects (2013 - 2014 national poison center data) from exposure to detergents in general (laundry detergent pods and nonpods & dishwasher detergent):
Laundry detergent pod vs. nonpods:
Laundry detergent pods (only) also resulted in following:
Cases of caustic exposure-like injuries have also been reported (corneal abrasion and esophageal injury)
Pediatric laundry detergent (nonpods) exposures usually have self-limited symptoms. However, laundry detergent pod exposure can cause more serious clinical effects that may require hospitalization.
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