Baby dies after eating laundry pod
A US baby has died of poisoning after ingesting household detergent.
US: A baby staying at a house of safety for battered women died after ingesting a laundry pod which he found lying on a bed, according to Wesh.com
. The mother of the 7-month-old boy had left him sleeping on the bed in order to speak to a shelter official, and when she returned he was allegedly eating the laundry pod, a colourful plastic capsule full of detergent. He was rushed to hospital where he later died from the poisoning.Warning to parents:
Experts warn that all detergents, household cleaners and washing powders pose a danger to young children
, and say that laundry pods or sachets in particular may be a hazard as some come in colourful packaging or have a similar appearance to sweets. One expert even suggested to MyFoxOrlando
that laundry pods should not be kept in a home where there are children under the age of five.
Do you make sure that your cleaning products are out of reach for children?
- If you keep laundry pods in the home, it is recommended that you store them locked away in a high place.
- If your child licks or swallows any household detergent, laundry soap or cleaning product, contact your local hospital’s poison control centre right away.
- Never do laundry where a small child can access basins or washing machines, as these may also present a drowning hazard.