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Laundry detergent pods dangerous to children

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Jill Michels says to call the Palmetto Poison Center if a child is exposed to pods. Jill Michels says to call the Palmetto Poison Center if a child is exposed to pods.
Alexandra Harbeson uses natural detergent because she worries about her children's skin. Alexandra Harbeson uses natural detergent because she worries about her children's skin.
By: Brennan Reh

The Palmetto Poison Center reports children getting a hold of those popular laundry detergent pods is a big problem in South Carolina.  Director Jill Michels said the Center has received at least one call every other day for the past three years about children putting the pod in their mouths, and thinking it was candy.

Michels said most South Carolina cases involve minor symptoms, but some children have had to receive medical help.

"We did have a problem with a child having problems breathing, um losing consciousness, and they actually had to be put on a ventilator to help with their breathing," said Michels.

A Pediatrics Journal study found popular laundry detergent pods are becoming a major danger to children under six.  The study suggests the color and size of the pods resemble candy.  The study also said the packaging makes it easy for children to access the detergent pods. 

Columbia mother Alexandra Harbeson chooses not to use pod laundry detergent.

"If I were to use them, knowing about the study, I would definitely secure them in a high spot and make them non-accessible to kids," Harbeson said.

The Palmetto Poison Center reccomends parents to keep laundry detergent pods in locked cabinents and out of children's reach if they use them in their house.  The Center is open twenty-four hours.

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