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Laundry detergent packets are small packets of detergent that can be tossed straight into a washing machine. They are a quick way to use the right amount of detergent without measuring.
But these packets pose a risk to young children. Toddlers will put anything in their mouths, and packets are the perfect size and shape to be picked up. The colorful packets can also look like candy or juice to a young child. Any kind of detergent can be harmful, but the chemicals in laundry detergent packets are especially concentrated. Children who swallow those chemicals have had trouble breathing, have lapsed into comas, and have had other serious health problems. There have even been a few deaths. Even just touching the chemicals can cause burns and other injuries. Fortunately, traditional (liquid or powder) laundry detergent is a safer alternative.
Parents and child caregivers can help children stay safer by following these tips:
If you think a child has been exposed to laundry detergent packets, call the National Poison Help Line at 1-800-222-1222. Take a child to the doctor right away if he has been exposed to laundry detergent packets and is experiencing any of the following symptoms:
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