Local poison control warns of detergent dangers - Tucson News Now

Local poison control warns of detergent dangers

PIMA COUNTY, AZ ( Tucson News Now) -

It smells good and looks like candy to children, but laundry detergent pods can be extremely dangerous.  Two children have died from biting into a laundry packet. The National Poison Control Center has reported seeing a 17% increase in calls from 2013 to 2014.
Tucson News Now looked at the call volumes for Pima County. Here are the numbers of calls related to ingesting detergent pods from the Arizona Poison and Drug information center.
2013- 36
2014- 40
2015- 35
2016- 7
Poison control says if your child bites into a laundry pod, they may develop symptoms including vomiting, breathing problems and  burns to the throat.  Sometimes hospital treatment is required, and in some cases, kids may have to spend time in the intensive care unit.
Arizona Poison and Drug Center says one of the best ways to prevent a child from biting a laundry packet is to keep them in places where children can’t
reach or see them. If a child does bite a laundry pod you need to call poison control at 1-800-222-1222.

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