Warning issued after teens eat laundry detergent pods for new internet challenge

Social media trend has kids eating laundry detergent pods, and doctors are worried

A weird trend is sweeping the internet, which sees teenagers posting videos online of them eating laundry pods. This followed numerous reports pods were getting into the hands of curious toddlers, which can cause.

Since the introduction of laundry detergent pods into the United States in 2010, poison control centres in the country have noted an increase in the number of cases for detergent ingestion. The challenge involves eating Tide laundry pods, either raw or cooked in unusual and elaborate ways.

What started as an online joke about laundry detergent pods looking edible has suddenly become a health concern. The end of the video shows a guy devouring a bowl of laundry pods before he is carted off into an ambulance saying, "I don't regret it".

We've all seen some pretty random stuff across the internet but the latest viral trend of teenagers filming themselves eating laundry pods probably tops the list for stupidity.

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The video spurred discussions and dares on public forums like Twitter and Reddit with teenagers coming up with novel ideas to ingest detergent pods.

Previously children 5 and younger were considered to be most at risk; the small packets were sometimes mistaken for candy, and poison control centers received reports of more than 10,500 exposures to young children in 2017. In some cases, some of the detergent could even find its way into the lungs and cause breathing difficulties. "Ending up in the emergency room is no joke", he said, USA Today reported. "They should not be played with, whatever the circumstance is, even if meant as a joke", Tide said in a statement.

"Our laundry pacs are a highly concentrated detergent meant to clean clothes ..."

If you or your child has swallowed a laundry detergent pod, call the national poison help hotline at 1-800-222-1222.



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