A UK mum has posted a photo of her son on Facebook as a warning to other parents to make sure their laundry pods are out of reach of children at all times.
In the image you can see the boy’s eyes are red raw and bruised from the terrifying ordeal.
“Please make sure that your children NEVER TOUCH these!” she wrote.
“The warnings on the boxes are minuscule and the boxes themselves aren’t childproof.
“I had no idea how awful the contents are.”
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Her post continues, “My little human picked one up, as he always helps to do the washing, and it popped. The liquid went in his eyes. I had no idea how awful the contents are.
After washing them out as much as possible he was still clearly in a lot of discomfort and pain. My husband rang NHS direct who told us to get him to A&E immediately. On arriving at A&E we spent over an hour and a half with a full team of nurses who had to hold him down and force his eyes open whilst trying to neutralise the liquid with a litre and a half of saline fluid to wash out his eyes.
PLEASE LET EVERYONE YOU KNOW HEAR OF THIS. And share it as a warning. Even my baby wipes say on them ‘keep out of reach of children’. And we’ve all let our babies hold the pack whilst we change their nappies. I thought we were doing great parenting letting our children help with the washing.
It’s an awful advertising gimmick making them look like fun squiggy pouches. Even I’ve been tempted to give it a squish… multi-sensory is all the rage for a reason. But the manufacturers need to look at child proofing the boxes. And take this much more seriously.
Please don’t let your children help with the washing. These tablets are as bad as bleach and can be life threatening if swallowed.
We were fortunate… we acted fast and he was only blind for 3 days and with drops started to open his eyes and now has full sight back.
PLEASE KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN
(I’m sharing this so that it might prevent other wonderful little humans getting hurt. Please share it as a warning)”
Her post has been shared over 2000 times.
RESEARCHERS at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio found that between 2013 – 2014, 62,254 children under six had swallowed various laundry and dishwasher detergents — with most of those children exposed under the age of three, News.com.au reported.
CHOICE shared in the 18 months leading up to 2013, there were 85 calls made to Australian poison hotlines relating to accidents involving children and exposure to laundry capsules.
In 2013 the ACCC warned consumers about liquid laundry detergent capsule injuries.
“Children who have either ingested these laundry capsules or have been exposed to them have experienced symptoms such as severe skin irritations, coughing, drowsiness, vomiting and even temporary blindness,” ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said.
Signs of poisoning
If you think your child has swallowed a corrosive, burning poison (such as dishwasher detergent, acid, caustic oven cleaner, swimming pool chemicals or some disinfectants), seek urgent medical help. Signs to watch for include:
- red lips,
- possible breathlessness and coughing, and
- swelling inside the mouth and severe pain.
Be sure to keep the following in mind if a poisoning does occur:
- don’t induce vomiting and give the child nothing to eat or drink,
- rinse as much of the detergent as possible from their mouth and flush their eyes with water for at least 15 minutes, and
- If your child has been exposed to household chemicals, such as laundry detergent products, immediately contact the Poisons Information Centre on 13 11 26.
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