Skip to comments.Florida baby dies after ingesting detergent pod
Posted on 08/16/2013 8:35:33 PM PDT by rickmichaels
A Florida infant has reportedly died after eating a laundry detergent pod something authorities have been warning about ever since the brightly coloured little packets hit the market.
The boy, identified by local media as Michael Williams, was at a central Florida battered women's shelter with his mother, who reported she'd left the pods, which are given to residents by the shelter, inside a laundry basket on the bed where her son was sleeping.
She stepped away, and when she returned, the baby had eaten one packet and was starting on a second one, police spokeswoman Stacie Miller told the Orlando Sentinel.
The boy was coughing but alert and breathing when paramedics arrived. He was taken to hospital, where his condition worsened and he died.
Health Canada issued a warning last July about the dangers of detergent pods after several reports of children becoming ill from ingesting the candy-like packages.
Ingesting the packs can cause vomiting, a burning sensation in the mouth, difficulty breathing and drowsiness.
This may be the first case in North America of a death linked to the pods.
How about keeping them in the top-load washer where the toddlers can’t reach them
The stupid shelter killed him
Horrible. I don’t even like touching the toxic things with my bare hands.
The detergent pod is at fault rather than the in attentive mother?
Sad... poor thing... poor mama too... i am surprised the shelter didn’t ensure the detergent would be out of reach... when we adopted our boys through the county foster system, we had to follow very strict rules about such things...
I wouldn’t be in such a haste to judge the mother, in this instance. If she were in a house or apartment, she could have put the pod out of reach, or she could have had the baby in a separate room. It’s very difficult to control everything in an environment like a shelter.
She was in a shelter? And her baby was left out of her sight?
I am most certainly wrong in thinking the safety of her child was out of her control. Shelters are such family friendly places.
I should qualify my statement.
I have been a battered wife.
Some things you go beyond yourself to protect.
“This may be the first case in North America of a death linked to the pods.”
So other deaths linked to pods have already taken place elsewhere?
I feel awful for the baby. Rest in peace, dear child.
The important question though... was the detergent free of phosphates?
We need to protect the planet, you know.
Ping... read the comments...
FWIW, logically you cannot draw that conclusion. Their statement is also true if they have no idea whatsoever about deaths in places other than North America.
On a similar thread a couple of months ago, somebody posted a picture of Willy Wonka displaying one of these “pods” in his hand. (I’ve been rummaging around and can’t find it.) They really do look like swirly peppermints or some kind of candy.
Chuck Shumer is on record of saying these products are bad because they are so colorful and look like candy and he just wants to eat one. When I saw the post I thought of him and how he will now go on TV and tell us all about the evils of these pods and how they will have to be baby proofed and all.
Sue and close down the shelter.
Has this event been verified? Something just does not add up.
Can a seven-month old baby open one of these detergent packets on its own? How? With what? Their hands? Their teeth? To me, it all seems implausible.
Just my two pesos.
something smells here...