News | Published November 24, 2014

Laundry detergent single-dose packs pose threat to children

We all know how much children love to put things of all shapes and sizes in their mouths. Single-dose detergent packs, which are brightly colored, bite-sized, and appealing for curious kids, are no exception to this rule.

While they may be convenient for busy parents, these detergent packs are even more dangerous than regular-strength detergent due to the combination of chemicals in a higher concentration. These pods not only have the potential to make children violently ill if ingested, but can cause eye and skin irritation if punctured.

Signs of possible ingestion are:

  • Vomiting
  • Wheezing, gasping, or other difficulties with breathing
  • Drowsiness
  • Burning in the mouth

This is another example of unintended consequences. These pods are super easy to use, but are unfortunately bright and very intriguing to kids.

Please be careful and keep these away from children. Remember to keep all cleaning supplies out of your children's reach by putting them in cabinets with child-proof latches or in storage that small children cannot reach – even those curious toddlers who like to climb. Don't forget to teach older children the dangers of household products.

If you suspect your child has ingested or otherwise been affected by household chemicals, contact the Poison Control Center at 800.222.1222 or call 911 immediately.