Chemical burns from laundry detergent packets on the rise

Laundry detergent packets hit the market in 2012 and, since then, have posed a growing threat to children.

The packets, or pods, have been connected to chemical eye burns in "pre-school aged children," according to a study conducted by the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The study found more than 1,200 young children between the ages of 3 and 4 suffered chemical burns from the alkaline in the detergent.

The instances increased from only 12 burns in 2012 to 30 times that in 2015, with a total of 480 reported burns.

Children are most likely to injure themselves with the laundry packets because they often come in bright colors, which makes them look like toys or candy.

The study's researchers suggested laundry pods be placed out of reach of children. They also urged manufacturers to modify the packaging to make them less visually appealing to a child and more resistant to breaking.

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Consumer safety groups have warned that laundry detergent packets could be easily eaten by children who might mistake them for candy. A child died in Kissimmee, Florida, after eating a packet of All detergent. (Tom Burton/Orlando Sentinel/MCT)
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