While children are under the care of parents, relatives, neighbors, friends, day care centers, schools, or summer camps, there are some common household items, poisons, and cleaners that pose a significant risk of injury to children. Let’s take laundry detergent pods. It has been reported that over 30 children per day get into liquid laundry packets or pods. Keep in mind that children especially toddles and infants are curious. The bright colors of a laundry pod or packet (to a child) seems like a fun object to play with and even put in the mouth to play with or eat. Many such laundry pods seem like a big soft piece of candy or like a soft toy to play with. Of course, the purpose of these laundry pods or packets are to clean clothes and not to serve as a toy or play item. This goes the same for other common household or day care items like bleach, bug spray, industrial cleaners, etc. . . . It is also well known that children are wonderful and mischievous explorers and adventurers. In other words, children get into places where they do not belong because there is a certain challenge and thrill in getting into places where they should not be in.
As for the laundry packets, the United States Product Safety Commission reports that children can become quite ill from the ingestion or contact with the packets including but not limited to difficulty breathing, loss of consciousness, difficulty breathing, severe eye burns, and vision loss. That’s right, these bright colored detergent pods and packets are quite dangerous.
Here are some safety tips that should be followed by all child care providers: