UNITED STATES - A warning for parents of small children who have laundry pods in their home.
According to a new report from Safe Kids Worldwide, the number of children ingesting those liquid detergent packets (which look a lot like candy) is on the rise.
More than 30 kids are poisoned and need medical help each day after ingesting a pod and in 2014, 11,000 calls were made to poison control centers across the U.S. Toddlers were the most common victims since they are at the age where they put everything into their mouths.
Laundry Pods first popped up on U.S store shelves back in 2011 and since then more manufacturers have taken steps to prevent children from getting hold of them. Some are adding warning labels or changing the look of their packaging so the pods ae not visible.
If your child does happen to put one in their mouths, the number to poison control center is 1-800-222-1222.