Teens eat laundry detergent in unsafe social media 'challenge'
Teens eat laundry detergent in unsafe social media 'challenge'
Doctors and parents are concerned about a social media joke about eating Tide Pods has become reality. KTNV
12 January, 2018, 07:00
Two of those were young children, but six of those deaths were adults with dementia. And it can even creep into the lungs and burn the respiratory tract, making it incredibly hard to breathe, Dr. Alfred Aleguas Jr., managing director of the Florida Poison Information Center told USA Today.
If someone swallows a small amount of the concentrated detergent in the pods, it could result in diarrhea and vomiting.
A compilation video on YouTube shows a number of teenagers putting the pods in frying pans, pretending to cook them, before serving them up in a bowl.
Aleguas said he's seen cases where teens aren't aware of some underlying medical condition they have, which is then exacerbated by eating the pods.
"They don't always have the comprehension at 13, 14, or 15 years old of lifelong consequences", said Dr. Karen Jenkins, medical director of the Piedmont Medical Center emergency department.
A spokesperson for Tide says their trendy packets are only meant for cleaning.
Even with the changes, laundry pods should be kept away from children.
But what may have been meant as a joke can lead to serious problems.
We have been consistently proactive in providing consumers with the right usage guidance and tools to enable them to use the product safely.
My Child Ate One. And once it's done, there's not much you can do except call the national poison help hotline.
If you ever ingest a substance you're not sure about, call the Indiana Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222.
Following these laundry safety steps will help keep your home as safe as possible. "Read the product safety information provided on the package".
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