February 02, 2017
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Dramatic increase seen in children injured by detergent pods

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Researchers determined that eye injuries in young children from single-use liquid detergent pods are increasing, according to data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System.

Between Jan. 1, 2010, and Dec. 31, 2015, 1,201 laundry detergent pod-related ocular burns occurred among children 3 to 4 years old.

Males and females presented in approximately equal proportions, and 1,020 injuries occurred at home. Patients were predominately white and non-Hispanic.

Researchers determined that the injuries most often occurred when children were handling the pods and the contents squirted into one or both eyes or when the pods leaked onto their hands and a burn resulted from subsequent hand-eye contact.

They recommend proper storage and use of the product and prevention strategies including redesigning packaging to reduce the attractiveness to young children and improving their strength and durability. –by Abigail Sutton

Disclosure: The researchers reported no relevant financial disclosures.