Published On: Tue, Apr 26th, 2016

Kids at risk with laundry detergent packets



A research study has warned that when children contacted to chemicals which are employed in liquid laundry detergent packets can have grave health influences for example breathing issues, heart issues, and even death.

The research study, which was cited online in the journal Pediatrics, revealed that from January 2013 to December 2014 poison control centers in the US got 62,254 calls pertaining to laundry and dishwasher detergent experiences amid children younger than six years old.

Happenings pertaining to laundry detergent packets witnessed the major boost, elevating 17 percent, more than the two-year study phase. Poison control centers in the US got over 30 calls per day regarding children who had been contacted to a laundry detergent packet, which is almost one call each 45 minutes.

As a minimum single child, a day was took to the hospital because of a laundry detergent packet contact. As well, the research study also witnessed two child deaths which were linked with contact to liquid laundry detergent packets. Marcel Casavant, who was the co-author and chief of toxicology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio, US, stated that “Many families don’t realize how toxic these highly concentrated laundry detergent packets are,”

To restrain happenings pertaining to laundry detergent packets contact, ASTM International, a standards organization that grow and cite voluntary consensus technical standards for a variety of products, cited a voluntary standard protection requirement for liquid laundry packets in 2015. However, some specialists stated that the account is futile or not considerable enough to decrease unintentional contacts to the contents of laundry detergent packets.

Gary Smith, who is one of the researchers and director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio stated that “This voluntary standard is a good first step, but it needs to be strengthened,” he further added that “Unless this unacceptably high number of exposures declines dramatically, manufacturers need to continue to find ways to make this product and its packaging safer for children,”

Specialists suggested that families with children younger than six-years-old must employ traditional detergent, which has very low toxic quality than laundry detergent packets and also hoards the entire laundry detergents up, far, and behind the scenes of the kids.

Casavant further clarified that “Use traditional laundry detergent when you have young kids in your home. It isn’t worth the risk when there is a safer and effective alternative available,”

About the Author

Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.