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Kids Can Confuse Laundry Detergent Pods For Candy

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  Original Published: 8/25/2013 A seven-month-old dies in Florida after eating a laundry detergent pod. You might be surprised to learn how easy it is for young children to confuse something like that for candy. Amanda Starrantino put children and mothers to the test, to see if they can tell the difference. Brightly colored. speckled and shiny, one of these could be deadly to kids. But can you or the kids tell the difference? Let's find out. I went to a local candy shop and held the laundry pods in one hand, and candy in the other. "Which one looks tastier to you guys?" asks Amanda Starrantino "This one!" answered one child. Good job. That's the candy. They look like, blueberries. But they aren't fruit or candy. These little pods are filled with toxic chemicals. Oops! Even mom is confused for a second. "It also has a very sweet smelling scent that comes out of them," said Colleen Schmidt. Our test was eye-opening for parents. They now easily see why kids could be confused. "I think it looks like it's filled with juice and I could totally see a child trying to pop it open somehow and squeeze it into their mouth." says Suzanne Rajsdle. "There are a lot of items probably lying around your house right now that kids could mistake for candy they've see in the store," says Starrantino. "Like these look like Legos, these look like pills, and these, they look like cigarettes. So it is easy for kids to get confused on what they can and cannot be putting into their mouth." "I thought that my girls would eat these, because they kind of look like those squishy toys they like to play with the water inside that lights up," says Schmidt. Indiana Poison Control officials say they received more than 200 reports of laundry detergent poisoning since March of 2012.
   
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