Gayle Finkelstein is Vermont Poison Prevention Educator with the Northern New England Poison Center in Community Health Improvement at the University of Vermont Medical Center.

Gayle Finkelstein is Vermont Poison Prevention Educator with the Northern New England Poison Center.

March 19-25, 2017 is National Poison Prevention Week

Poison centers in the U.S. received nearly 12,000 calls about laundry pod detergents last year. These single-use packets are convenient, but they can be harmful to children, who may be attracted to the bright colors.

Laundry pods can be easily squeezed to release the highly concentrated detergent. This detergent can cause severe irritation if it gets on the skin or in the eyes. Swallowing the detergent can cause an upset stomach, sometimes excessive vomiting and, in rare cases, breathing problems.

If a child gets into a laundry pod, get fast, expert advice from your local poison center by calling 1-800-222-1222. The Northern New England Poison Center is here 24/7.  All calls are free and confidential.

Kids are most likely to get into a laundry pod when it’s taken out of its container and left in the laundry basket or on the counter. You can help prevent exposures by storing pods in their container, up high, out of children’s reach. Avoid leaving pods out.

For more information, call 1-800-222-1222 or visit www.nnepc.org.

Learn more about Poison Prevention at the UVM Medical Center.

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