Laundry detergent pods sending more children to hospital

B.C. Drug and Poison Information Centre recorded 152 emergency room visits in 2015, up from 59 in 2012

These colourful detergent pods are sending more kids to the emergency

Colourful laundry detergent pods are becoming an increasingly common hazard for children, according to the B.C. Drug and Poison Information Centre.

Since 2012, there has been a significant increase in the number of emergency room visits involving children under the age of 6, its statistics show.

There were 59 calls in 2012, 128 in 2013, 137 in 2014 and 152 last year.

“The big risk is if a child bites into a laundry pod and it sprays out detergent, it can cause severe welling in the back of the throat and interfere with a chlid’s breathing,” Dr. Roy Purssell, the centre’s medical lead, said in a news release. “Parents may see these pods as easy and convenient to use, but young children can confuse them with toys or candy.”

Health Canada first warned parents and caregivers in 2012 about the hazards of the miniature detergent packs, saying kids are drawn to the bright colours and squishy texture.

The agency advised homeowners to store these detergent packs where they can’t be found or swallowed, and that all cleaning products should be stored in a locked cabinet or drawer with a child safety latch.

 

Just Posted

Victoria HarbourCats give away funeral to lucky fan

Just in case you die of excitment, all the bases are covered

Officer leads the flare in Saanich Police’s social media

Triangle dance latest addition to Saanich Police social media anthology

U.S. college bribery scandal shines light on serious problem in Canada

Looking at the bigger picture of marginalization in universities

Royal romance sequel shooting in Victoria: Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal filming at Union Club

Sequel depicts romance between Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle

B.C. resident baffled about welcome mat theft

Security footage shows a woman and her dog taking the mat from the property on March 13

Father thanks B.C. Mountie for shooting hoops with kids, ‘changing perspectives’

‘We’re just like everyone else,’ says Surrey officer who stopped to play basketball with kids

2019 BUDGET: As deficit grows, feds spend on job retraining, home incentives

Stronger economy last year delivered unexpected revenue bump of an extra $27.8 billion over six years

Victim succumbs to injuries suffered in Campbell River hit and run

The female pedestrian that was struck in a hit and run on… Continue reading

Trans Mountain court hearing: B.C. says it won’t reject pipelines without cause

Canada says the proposed amendments to B.C.’s Environmental Management Act must be struck down

Carfentanil found in 15% of overdose deaths in January: B.C. coroner

Carfentanil is 100 times more powerful than illicit fentanyl and used to tranquilize elephants

B.C. father fights for his life after flu turns into paralyzing condition

Reisig has lost all motor skills with the exception of slight head, shoulder and face movements.

Suspicious fire in Alert Bay burns two homes, spreads to nearby bush

Police say underage suspects have been identified

Greater Victoria Wanted List for the week of March 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Most Read