The Tide Pod Challenge, a new online trend that has teens putting colorful detergent pods in their mouths, is raising some concerns over potential health effects to those who ingest the product.
According to ABC News, already in 2018, there have been a number of cases of teens misusing laundry pods. And the American Association of Poison Control Centers says that 40 cases of laundry pod ingestion have been reported, half of them intentionally.
The Center's website states that over 10,000 cases of exposure to laundry pods were reported in 2017 occurring in children 5 and younger. Symptoms of ingesting the detergent found in these pods include excessive vomiting, wheezing, and gasping. In young children, the center says that some become sleepy after ingestion and may develop problems serious enough to require a ventilator for breathing.
Consuming pods can also be extremely lethal. According to a doctor who spoke to ABC News, there have been about 10 deaths attributed to laundry pods since they came on the market.
Procter and Gamble, the makers of Tide Pods tell ABC News that the pods should not be played with no matter the circumstance.