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By:  Steven Marcus, Executive and Medical Director, Dr. Bruce Ruck, Director, Drug Information and Professional Education

From the New Jersey Poison Information and Education System (NJPIES)

NEWARK, N.J. — May 18, 2012 - The New Jersey Poison Experts in conjunction with the American Association of Poison Control Centers are urging the public, especially parents, to keep highly concentrated “single dose packs” of laundry detergent locked up and away from children, according to Bruce Ruck, Pharm.D, Director  of Drug Information and Professional Education at the NJ Poison Center. 

Poison centers are reporting a recent uptick in calls about exposures of children to laundry detergents packaged in small, single-dose packets. Some young children and toddlers who swallow these small packets have become very ill and have required hospitalization. Other children have gotten the product in their eyes, resulting in significant eye irritation. Some children have been exposed when the product burst after putting it into their mouths.

The following are examples of exposures to children who have become ill from concentrated laundry detergent packets:

·         Ten minutes after a 20-month-old swallowed a laundry detergent packet, the child developed profuse vomiting, wheezing and gasping and then became unresponsive to even painful stimuli.

·         A 15-month-old who bit into a pack and swallowed a mouthful had profuse vomiting and, after arrival at a hospital, had to be put on a ventilator for airway protection.

·         A 17-month-old bit into a packet and then rapidly developed drowsiness, vomited, breathed the product into the lungs, and had to be put on a ventilator.

“The rapid onset of potentially life threatening symptoms is of great concern” said Dr. Ruck.  “Although we aren’t certain what in the product is making the children sick, we urge all parents and caregivers to make sure laundry detergent packs are not accessible to young kids.”

The NJ Poison Experts recommend the following steps:

·         Always keep detergents locked up and out of the reach of children.

·         Follow the specific disposal instructions on the label.

·         If you think a child has been exposed to a laundry detergent packet, call the NJ Poison Experts at 1-800-222-1222 immediately.

Call to Action – Help is Just a Phone Call Away

The NJ Poison Experts are always here to help medical professionals, parents, educators, caregivers and the general public with accidents or questions involving medicines, chemicals or household products, plants, environmental contaminants, or other poisons.  There are no silly questions. Trained medical staff are available to answer a question, quell a fear, provide advice, or intervene to get emergency services on site and prepped to provide the needed protocol in the fastest response time.  Help is available in over 150 languages; 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. When in doubt, check it out - Prevention is truly the best possible medicine. You may also chat or text in using our website,www.njpies.org.

Poison experts recommend programming the Poison Help line (800-222-1222) into all family cell phones as well as programming it as a speed dial number on landlines (home and office).  In addition, prominently post it near all phones in the home and office. 

You can also Follow NJPIES on Facebook (www.facebook.com/njpiesand Twitter (@NJPoisonCenter) 

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