Laundry detergent pod explodes in Minnesota toddler's throat

Laundry detergent pod explodes in Minnesota toddler's throat

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MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) -

Laundry detergent pods have only been available for a few years, but the instances of poisonings have surged, including a 13-month-old Minnesota girl who just spent a week in the intensive care unit

Little Zoe didn't understand that the blue detergent pod she swallowed was not a blueberry, like the ones she was eating earlier. The packet exploded down her throat, making her vomit and burning her airway.

“All I wanted to do is take the pain away from her,” Zoe's mom said. “You can't explain this is going to make you better. If you just sit still and let them do the medicine, that it will make you better. But she doesn't understand that.”

Poison control centers have seen a spike in packet detergent cases. Last month set a record with 50 children poisoned from the pods, with burns to the throat and stomach. Fortunately, no deaths have been reported, but officials say the packets are particularly attractive and harmful to kids.

In a statement, a spokesperson said Sam's Cub takes this seriously. They have transitioned away from transparent tubs, but still need to address issues like a more difficult lid, which will come out next month.

As for Zoe, after spending several days in ICU, her throat is scarred and her voice is hoarse, but she seems to be on the mend.

Dishwasher pods are also toxic, but for some reason poison control doesn't see the same number of poisoning cases from these. All detergent containers should be kept out of reach from children.

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