As a pediatrician, I would much rather prevent injuries than treat them.

This week marks National Poison Prevention Week and I’m partnering with the American Cleaning Institute to educate families about preventing accidents caused by liquid laundry packets (also referred to as laundry pods or pacs).

These handy laundry packets contain highly concentrated doses of detergent so you can easily use the right amount for each load of laundry. However, these products are harmful if swallowed or if they come into contact with a person’s eyes, so make sure young children keep their HANDS OFF these products.

As a mother of two, I know first-hand how children explore the world not only with their hands but also by putting things in their mouths. Like all household cleaning products, your diligence in keeping these products up and out of reach is crucial. Young children should never handle them, under any circumstances.

Here are a few tips to ensure your kids keep their HANDS OFF these products:

  • Always store laundry packets in their original container or pouch
  • Always store this product up and out of reach
  • Always keep the product container securely closed before, during, and after use
  • Know the symptoms of exposure to laundry packets which may include vomiting, wheezing, difficulty breathing, or increased sleepiness
  • All parents and caregivers should always have the telephone number for the Poison Help line (1-800-222-1222) handy, and call if you suspect any possible exposure

Check out this helpful poster from the American Cleaning Institute on laundry safety at home.