Liquid Laundry Detergent Packets or Pods
Liquid laundry detergent products are now packaged in “single dose packs” which dissolve in the washing machine. The packets are colorful and attractive to children.
Problems for children
Most liquid laundry detergents cause only one episode of vomiting and, sometimes, no problems at all. But physicians are seeing that these new products are much more dangerous.
What to Do
Call the experts at Iowa Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222. The poison center specialist will evaluate the situation and provide directions. Some children can be closely observed at home by the parents with follow-up calls from poison control. Other children may need to go to the Emergency Room for evaluation.
It’s safer if families with young children do not use these detergent packs.