We have previously shared how important it is for parents to be aware of the latest dares and challenges that kids participate in. This latest one has us very concerned in MoM HQ.

A bizarre challenge is sweeping the internet, which sees teenagers posting videos online of them eating laundry pods.

While the teenagers may think the whole thing is a massive joke, experts have previously warned about how harmful it can be to consume the pods.

YouTube videos show a number of teenagers putting the pods in frying pans, pretending to cook them, before serving them up in a bowl.

The videos then cut to the kids putting a fork into the pods and biting into them, before a stream of colour and liquid seeps out.

The dangers

CHOICE has previously shared that 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.

Last year a UK mum 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. Read her story here.

Late last year we shared that Doctors are urging parents not to buy or use liquid washing capsules and to buy washing powder instead.

The warning was issued after soaring numbers of children being hospitalised after ingesting gel tabs. Read more on that here.

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,
  • blisters,
  • 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.

What parents can do

Parents can educate themselves before their kids go too far. A simple Google search for dangerous social media trends among teenagers will provide some guidance.

Talk to your kids! Know who their mates are and what their interests are, chat to them about the latest dares you might hear about and let them know the dangers involved. Always keep the doors of communication open.

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Read more: What parents need to know about kids and those crazy dares…

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  • This is a warning but not about the teenagers. If you find 2 stuck together don’t try to pull them apart unless you are able to hold them well away from your head. I know a girl who tried 2 apart and some of the comments flew up into one of her eyes. Her eye had to be flushed then she had to be taken to hospital. I’m not sure if it was liquid or powder pods


  • Oh my goodness, that’s crazy and so dangerous !!


  • Seriously not funny at all. So dangerous and toxic to the human body. I’m shocked to even read about this I find it hard to believe that some teenagers are ingesting these laundry pods.


  • How stupid can you get!!


  • I really hope I raise my son to be smart enought to know how stupid things like these are.


  • Absolutely stupid. Teenagers are old enough to know this is crazy.


  • That’s absolutely crazy. And so incredibly dangerous!!


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