Toddler Mistakes Detergent Pod for Candy & Ends Up in the Hospital

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laundry detergent podsWhat do you think of those laundry detergent pods -- kind of handy, right? And such pretty colors, too. Yeah, that's what some small children think, too -- pretty like candy. Two-year-old Colin Langford mistook a detergent pod for candy and tried to eat it. He became seriously ill and wound up breathing through a tube at the hospital.

This wasn't just a case of poisoning, either. He went to swallow it, but ended up inhaling it instead. Oh my god! What a horror. Colin survived, but his mother took the incident as a warning.

"If you're the parent of a toddler, you really need to think twice about bringing this product into your home," Colin's mother says. "It looks like candy. A 2-year-old sees it and they don't see that it's laundry detergent." Even worse, some brands of those pretty pods come in transparent plastic containers that look just like candy jars! (WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT TO US, DETERGENT MANUFACTURERS?!?) The American Association of Poison Control Centers says that 6,271 children age 5 and under were sickened from trying to eat detergent pods last year.

So that's scary. Supposedly, laundry detergent companies say they're going to change their packaging to make it all less enticing and candy-like -- and they'll make the jars harder to open. But I don't know. If my kid were still toddler-aged, I think I'd keep them out of my home altogether. 

I've never been able to bring myself to buy those pods anyway. I mean, it's enough that the washing machine and dryer are doing nearly all the work for me. Buying those pods would be like admitting, "YES, I really am so lazy I cannot be bothered to measure the proper amount of detergent for my wash." I'd choose my dignity and my kid's health over convenience pods any day. 

Do you ever use detergent pods?


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bills... billsfan1104

Ok, I am trying real hard not to blame the mom here, but where does she store te PODS? I understand that toddlers get into a lot of stuff, but didn't she store th high enough that he couldn't get them? Maybe they should make them black in color in the outside or put a tighter lid on it. I do not know what te answer is

sofia... sofia0587

I agree with billsfan1104, all my detergents are locked away.

nonmember avatar Michelle

More blame shifting. Toddlers put stuff in their mouths. Moms and dads know that. This is not the company's fault. The kid could have choked on ANYTHING (rock, dog food, marshmallow, dinner.....)

Rootbear Rootbear

Why were these pods where tiny hands can access them? Come on.

nonmember avatar Bachock

Soo 6,271 reckless parents hmm? Yes, lets make everything in life grey to protect our kids. If only there was another way like keeping harmful products out of reach. Seems some innocent children have to pay the price for their idiot parents.

mandy... mandysue88

It doesn't matter where you put things kids will eventually gather there chairs and climb to the hightst shelves (kids reach for the stars don't they ) how about when u go to the store or bring this product home you teach your child whatit is, how to use it and why it is not safe to injest? Omg how hard is that! I have chemicals under my sink in unlocked cabnets and my children know that each and every one of my cleaners and other random items are NOT for them to touch! I know some moms don't hae the time to explain things but you should make time, its your childs life at risk and if what you teach them today saves them from hurt tomottow don't you think its worth it???

mandy... mandysue88

Haha I put tomottow instead of tomorrow wow! I think my 4 year old would like that lol

fleur... fleurdelys3110

I agree with billsfan! Store them where the kid can't reach them, or put a lock on the cabinet where they are kept. That's what my mother did when my sister and I were younger.

twili... twilightsbella

I was just thinking the samething as everyone else. Where does the mom store the pods at? Noonehere is to blame but the mother. She should of put them up high in a cupboard. I had some of these pods i stored them where my toddler cant get to them i also lets my kids knw it is not food or a toy dont touch it

insei... inseineangel

I can't bring myself to buy them, for pretty much the same reason as Adriana... It would just make me feel like I've succumbed to laziness. I can take the couple of seconds out of my day to measure out my detergent in the little cup.

As for who is to blame... It's everybody's fault! Lol. But, really, I believe companies that manufacture products that may be a risk to children really shouldn't package them in such pretty and attractive colors. It really does look candy. And, yes, the parents... Put it up. Out. Of. Reach. Keep it in a cabinet, with a safety latch/lock. They do make those. They take like 5 minutes to install. Common sense, people.

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