As parents we try our best to protect our children from harmful items. Our goal is to make sure our kids are safe, but sometimes they become curious and get into drawers, cupboards, closets and the like.
Liquid laundry detergent packets are one of those items that can catch a child’s attention. What our kids aren’t aware of is that those small packets can cause harm if they get in their eyes or mouth.
Do you know that more than 11,000 cases of accidental exposures to these products were reported in 2014 in the U.S.?
These accidents can happen in a matter of seconds and the results can be serious.
If your child comes in contact with a liquid laundry packet he or she can be exposed to:
- Ingestion problems which could cause: severe vomiting, coughing, respiratory disorders, nausea, drowsiness and rash.
- If contact with the eyes: conjunctivitis, pain in the eye, eye irritation.
- Or contact with the skin: rash, skin irritation, chemical burn.
You know how kids love, I mean love to put things in their mouths. I can remember back when my little one had just started walking, she was grabbing at everything and once she got what she wanted, it went right into her mouth. It’s natural for kids to put things in their mouth and to be honest, they just don’t understand the concept of danger in doing so.
That is why ACI (American Cleaning Institute) launched a campaign to promote awareness of the potential dangers of laundry detergent packets if not stored properly before, during and after use. Check out their KEY Pledge Campaign to learn more and take the pledge to practice safe laundry room habits – you’ll be automatically entered to win a $2500 gift card!
Remember parents, all kids especially toddlers are very curious. Trust me when I say, they will be the first to attempt to play or put those laundry packets in their mouths. The moment you turn your head and look back, your child may have already grabbed one. Please keep your liquid laundry packets in a safe place and stored high above your child’s reach and sight. When you do need to do your laundry, only bring forth enough detergent to do one load so that you do not leave excess liquid laundry packets in an easy to reach place.
After all, Education is the KEY to keeping our kids safe from highly concentrated detergents in liquid laundry detergent packets
If your child happens to come in contact with one of these packets, please contact the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 ASAP!