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Experts Warn detergent capsules are choking, poison threat to kids

Experts Warn detergent capsules are choking, poison threat to kids
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Story Created: Sep 6, 2012 at 3:42 PM EDT

Story Updated: Sep 6, 2012 at 7:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (CNN) — They are the size of marshmallows and the colors of peppermint twists.

And because some small children think they might be treats, laundry detergent gel packs — which recently hit the market — are proving to be a potential home hazard.

Authorities in the United States and in the United Kingdom say there has been an uptick in phone calls and hospitalizations resulting from children who have swallowed or otherwise been exposed to the gel packs of highly concentrated laundry detergent, perhaps believing them to be candy.

U.S. poison hotlines have received 2,950 calls concerning exposures to children 5 and under so far this year, with 734 calls in August alone. Not all exposures are poisonings or overdoses. No deaths have been reported.

“Because they are colorful and squishy, they are attractive to children,” warns the American Association of Poison Control Centers. “They can look like candy or something fun to play with.”

But the capsules contain strong alkaline cleaning agents that can destroy tissue and cause intense inflammation and swelling, according to the authors of an article in the British Medical Journal.

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