A new detergent product is getting in the wrong hands and posing a severe threat to the lives of children.
Proctor and Gamble, owner of Tide, is just one company selling small, colorful cubes that pack a big punch of cleaning power. These pods are easy to use, but also pose a huge health hazard for children. A Proctor and Gamble representative said it is important that these pods be kept away from children.
When the Tide Pod hits liquid it dissolves the outer coating, releasing a mix of detergents. Poison control centers nationwide have reported an increase in calls about children under the age of five swallowing these pods.
Kurt Kleinschmidt, a toxicologist, said the pods cause rapid vomiting, nausea, coughing and difficulty breathing if swallowed. He said these symptoms appear within a matter of minutes.
"Twenty-seven percent of people exposed to a standard laundry detergent will see symptoms. With these pods, it was like 76 percent," Kleinschmidt said.
Proctor and Gamble reminds users to store the pods on a high shelf out of the reach of children.