FOX 66 News at Ten
A warning from local officials about dishwasher laundry detergent pods and how they could be putting your child in danger.
The Genesee County Health Department is sending out an alert to warn parents and caregivers. They say poison control centers around the country have received more than 75-hundred calls reporting cases of exposure this year alone, all of them involved children five and under.
These pods are soft and colorful and to children, they may look like candy.
Officials say these packets are causing more severe reactions in children than just regular laundry detergent.
Symptoms include excessive vomiting, wheezing and gasping. Some kids have had problems so serious, they've needed a ventilator to help them breathe.
Officials with the health department say they are averaging 13 cases month.
If you use these pods, made by Tide and other companies, health officials urge you to keep them out of children's reach as the packaging label warns.
But if you suspect a child has come into contact with these laundry packets, call your local poison control center right away.
Poison control centers have received more than 9,500 reports of children five and under coming in contact with or swallowing pods since early 2012.
The first reported death came this past August, when a one-year-old died after swallowing one in Florida.
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Friday, November 8 2013, 09:34 AM EST
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