Parental Warning: Laundry Pods May be Dangerous

Young children injured when they eat laundry detergent packets that look like candy.
1:49 | 11/11/14

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evening for parents about those popular laundry detergent pods. An alarming new study about them tonight. Every hour, an emergency call to poison control. We've shown you the similarities before. That's deter jenlt on the left. Candy on the right. So tonight here, ABC's linsey Davis with an eye-opening demonstration. Could children tell the difference today? Make it easy and do the pop. Reporter: They're advertised as a clever replacement for messy, heavy jugs. It cleans, brightens and removes stains in one step. Reporter: But that new report tale revealing that in just two years, 6,000 kids rushed to the emergency room, most after eating those detergent pacts. The journal "Pediatrics" reporting over 17,000 calls to poison control. So we went to see just how easy it is for kids to mistake the detergent for candy. Which one do you think is not candy? Kate, you would try to eat this at home? You would? How about you, Aaron? Um -- I'd try this. Reporter: Zealand, almost 2 1/2, couldn't stop reaching for it. Researchers say kids who got sick were often around his age. Some ended up in comas, more than 100 put on ventilators. One child even died. The American cleaning institute, speaking for major brands like tide, saying manufacturers have made major changes to their packaging and improved warning labels. But at the play ground, we found kids could easily open that container. It took 3-year-old Kate only four seconds to pop it open. Same with 6-year-old kensington. 3-year-old Alexis thought she couldn't, but with a little persistence -- you got it open. True, some younger kids weren't able to get the containers open. But for the 3-year-olds we saw, the candy wrapper was the tougher challenge. Linsey Davis, ABC news, new York.

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