Laundry detergent pods worries doctor

Children can choke or swallow brightly-colored cleansers

SAN ANTONIO - A San Antonio pediatrician worries that laundry detergent pods can get into the wrong hands.

Dr. Shahed Izaddoost of North Hills Family Medicine & Pediactrics said that the brightly-colored cleansers are inviting to children.

"These can be very toxic to kids. They're very dangerous. Especially because they're small," Izaddoost said. "Kids can drink or eat more than two or three of them, and that can cause really bad problems."

The pods are about the size of a large jawbreaker and some are neon orange and blue.

To illustrate how much pods look like toys, KSAT 12 News reporter Jennifer Dodd put some alongside several baby toys. Video showed that it is hard to distinguish between the toys and the pods.

Tina Hernandez, who thought the pod was a toy, said she'll be sticking with liquid detergent in a bottle.

"They could choke on them," Hernandez said of the pods.

Izaddoost said laundry pods need to kept out of reach from children.

He added that if a child swallows a pod, call 911 immediately.

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