Study: Tide pods still poisoning children and seniors

Andrew Weber
June 05, 2019 - 9:04 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — The peak days of the Tide pod challenge fad which showed teens on YouTube eating laundry detergent pods may have passed, but a new study says children and seniors are still ingesting the pods.

A study from Nationwide Children’s Hospital finds the pods are poisoning children and older people with demensia because they look like candy.

“These products - they’re concentrated, and they may be good for the companies that are selling them, but they’re clearly not good for children,” said Dr. Gary Smith with Nationwide Children’s Hospital, “There’s absolutely no reason why we should see children being rushed to hospitals in coma, with seizures, or even seeing the deaths we’ve seen.”

U.S. Poison Control says it got nearly 73,000 calls over five years about the pods.

Despite a new safety standard adopted in 2015, the study in pediatrics shows only an 18 percent decrease in exposures in kids under six.
Eight deaths have been associated with the pods, two young children, and six adults with dementia.
 

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