A strange new trend named the “Tide Pod Challenge” is gaining popularity among teens on social media and doctors say it could land them in the emergency room. The challenge includes people popping the small laundry detergent pacs and posting videos of them chewing and gagging on the overflowing item online. A thread of videos with the title “Tide Pod Challenge” have been shared to YouTube. In a few videos, teens are putting the pods in frying pans and cooking them before consuming them.
Memes have emitted all finished social media. Tide Pods are meant to be utilized for laundry as an alternative to powder or liquid detergent. The senseless idea of consuming the item initially garnered attention in 2015 when the satirical newspaper The Onion distributed a section about a youngster who wanted to eat the red and blue detergent pod, which has a candy-like appearance. Two years later, College Humor shared a video of a man eating a whole bowl of laundry pods and then being carted off into an ambulance. “I don’t think twice about it,” he said.
What the Poison Control Center is saying:
According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, there were more than 12,299 announced exposures to profoundly concentrated laundry detergent pods in 2017. Most reports included kids ages 5 and under. That’s down 14 percent since 2015, when the centers answered more than 14,000 calls.
While that number may appear to be high, it’s important to note that the range is well inside the range of calls for other family items, the Washington Post revealed. In 2016, the control centers got more than 13,000 reports, however just about 700 brought about “moderate” or “major” hazard to the individual’s health.
In case somebody swallows a small amount of the concentrated detergent in the pods, it could bring about diarrhea and heaving. And it can even crawl into the lungs and consume the respiratory tract, making it staggeringly hard to breathe, Dr. Alfred Aleguas Jr., managing executive of the Florida Poison Information Center disclosed to USA Today.
The D.C. based not-revenue driven National Capital Poison Center detailed that gnawing into a pod can cause “genuine damage or even death.” Rubbing the item into the eyes can make the eyes consume, as well. And, Consumer Reports already noted, the pods also posture lethal dangers for adults with dementia. Six adults experiencing psychological impairment, along with two youngsters, have passed on because of ingesting the pods, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Warning by the Commission:
“A meme should not become a family tragedy,” the commission warned. A 2016 report from the Georgia Poison Center demonstrated the quantity of youngsters becoming ill from detergent pods tripled over the past four years. Because of the trending challenge, Tide’s parent company Procter and Gamble issued a statement:
“Our laundry pacs are an exceedingly concentrated detergent meant to clean garments and they’re utilized safely in a large number of family units consistently. They should be just used to clean garments and kept up, shut and away from youngsters. They should not be played with, whatever the circumstance is, regardless of whether meant as a joke.”