Laundry pods could harm your child

Local moms react to poisonous pods

CINCINNATI - Katie Brenkert sat at a shaded picnic table in Eden Park leisurely eating lunch with her two young children.

"Did you finish your sandwich?" she asked, as her son plunged his tiny hand into a clear, plastic bag and pulled out small, orange, square cheese crackers, that he immediately popped into his mouth, devouring every last morsel.

Lunch in the park included PB & J sandwiches and hummus on pita chips for the menu. It's what Katie's children Reese and Garrett can munch on without worry.

But it's what some kids are getting their hands on that is making some parents worry—something that could hurt them: detergent pods, like the ones produced by the popular brand Tide.

Introduced in February by Procter and Gamble, the pods' candy-like appearance has the American Association of Poison Control Centers busy, phones ringing of the hook.

In the past 20 days, they have received 120 calls for children eating them.

Poison Control said that children who eat the pods have experienced vomiting, drowsiness and wheezing.

While the container warns consumers, parents like Brenkert, insist on taking a proactive approach when it comes to her kids' safety.

"[Reese's] into everything. I mean she's trying to figure out cabinets and safety locks, half of those she's gotten figured out already, so I do try and keep everything away and out, a lot of times it's in the garage," said the Cincinnati mother.

"All our cleaning solutions and everything are in the garage up high, so it's not something they can get into easily."

And across the park at the playground 3-year-old Brett climbs the wooden jungle gym, making his way to the edge and shouted, "Mommy!"

His mommy, Sarah Gandert of Mason, said that she remembers calling Poison Control for him for a different kind of pod.

"When he was 8 months old he got a Cascade packet, the action packets and he ate one of them in the kitchen and we had to call the poison control and make sure he was OK... everything was fine, but still it was kind of scary," said the mother to twin boys.

Gandert said that she also uses Tide pods for her laundry, but uses them with caution.

"The shelf sits above [the washer], and, it's actually high, I have to get on my tippy toes to get up to it."

Procter and Gamble told ABC News that they will be switching from its current container, resembling a candy jar, to a new child-proof container this summer.

The American Association of Poison Control Centers warns parents to keep all detergents locked up and out of reach and to follow disposal instructions.

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