Laundry detergent pods are behind an increase in calls involving children, according to the BC Drug and Poison Information Centre.
Since 2012, the centre has received over 450 calls, and there have been 150 visits to emergency.
It’s usually children under six years old who have been exposed to high concentration of detergent found in pods.
The pods can be mistaken for candy or even toys, according to Dr. Roy Purssell with the organization.
“The big risk is if a child bites into a laundry pod and it sprays out detergent, it can cause severe swelling in the back of the throat and interfere with a child’s breathing,”
Parents are advised to store cleaning and laundry products well out of children’s reach.
Also, keep these numbers handy:
- BC Drug and Poison Information Centre at 604-682-5050 or 1-800-567-8911.
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