Safety experts often warn about medicine cabinets and chemicals in the kitchen, but now, pediatricians are warning parents and grandparents not to overlook the laundry room when it comes to keeping kids safe.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends storing all laundry products in their original packaging in a cabinet high up that you can lock and not sitting on top of the washer or dryer for convenience, especially now that detergents come in easy-to-grab pods.
"Those pods are colorful and attractive and a baby, infant, toddler, a child of any age is going to look at that and say, 'Hey, that kind of looks like a gummy something.' There's an opportunity to pop it in your mouth," said Deb Lonzer, a pediatrician.
According to Lonzer, "Kids love spray bottles. So, if you have spray bottles make sure you put them somewhere where kids can't reach them."
In 2012, more than 6,000 children in the US became violently ill after chewing on or swallowing a detergent pod.
The bottom line is, treat laundry chemicals like you would any other dangerous substances- keep them locked away and out of reach if you ever expect little ones in your house.
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