A new study has exposed some glaring facts about the laundry pods, the colourful packets that are easily tossed into the washing machine.
According to the researchers, the poison control centers in the United States received over 17,000 calls, i.e. about one call per hour, in 2012 and 2013 to report about children who’ had been exposed to the dangerous chemicals found in the laundry detergent pods.
The study showed that the chemicals found in the laundry pods not only provide convenience to the users but are very dangerous for the health of young children.
The study was conducted by the researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
During the study, the research group found that the US poison control centers received as many as 17,230 reports of children below 6 years of inhaling, swallowing or being exposed to chemicals present in laundry detergent pods.
The issue invited more attention as the study showed nearly two-thirds of the reported cases involved 1-2 year-olds.
Study co-author Dr. Marcel J. Casavant, medical director of the Central Ohio Poison Center and chief of toxicology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, said, “If I were a kid, I’d like to pick it up and play with it … it looks like it was made for young children to have fun with.”
Following were the findings of the study showing the effects of consuming laundry pods:
- vomiting (48 percent of cases)
- coughing and choking (13 percent)
- eye pain or irritation (11 percent)
- drowsiness or lethargy (7 percent)
- Other health problems like difficulty breathing, mouth pain, burning, windpipe injuries
The researchers strongly recommended that people who have young children at their homes must stop themselves from using laundry pods.