Thursday, May 24, 2012

Children chastised for indulging in delicious detergent poppers

Posted By on Thu, May 24, 2012 at 1:05 PM

A question adults frequently have occasion to ponder: If a thing is so bad for me — turkey skin, reality television, heroin — then why is it so enjoyable. A question for children to ponder: If something is made of poison, then why was it made to look so delicious to eat. Rather, it's a question they would ponder if they weren't so busy stuffing their faces full of laundry detergent.

Move over Windex and colorful toothpastes, the newest household hazards being consumed by kids are those little, candy-colored pods of detergent that eliminate the necessity to measure out a cup of the liquid stuff. (Because that was such a pain?)

Locally, a Mableton mom reported that her child became ill when she bit into a pod she found on the floor in the family's laundry room. Jessica Sutton told WSB-TV her chid was "throwing up, she was crying, she had detergent all the way down her body. It was not good." According to Georgia Poison Center, calls related to ingestion of the pods have increased in recent months. Reported symptoms include nausea, vomiting, and drowsiness.

Any/all jokes aside, in March 2012 (the most recent stats available), a vast majority — 46 percent — of household poisonings occurred in children age 0-5. House hold cleaning substances were the third most common cause. Cosmetics and other personal care products were the first.

Georgia Poison Center recommends:
— Locking up "household cleaners, pesticides, auto products, garage products, and cosmetics where children cannot see or reach them."
— Keeping products in their original containers (i.e. don't put something hazardous in a milk jug)
— Keeping their number handy: 1-800-222-1222

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