Doctors warn parents about risky new 'Tide Pod challenge'

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Doctors warn parents about risky new 'Tide Pod challenge'

A weird new internet trend has teens recording themselves eating Tide laundry detergent pods.

According to AJC, the idea of eating Tide pods can be traced back to a 2015 article in The Onion, but the recent challenge has its origins on Tumblr where users began to post "hypothetical" Tide pod recipes, AZ Family reported.

Following reports of this social media trend, they have stepped out to warn the public about the dangers of such acts.

"In 2012, AAPCC and the toxicology experts at the nation's fifty-five poison centers highlighted the dangers of Laundry Packets, especially to children five years old and younger", the organization said in a statement.

Although most of the videos seem to show the participant spitting out the colorful liquid detergent after the pod bursts, doctors say the liquid does not need to be swallowed to pose a very serious health threat.

"Differences in chemical composition and concentration between laundry detergent packets and other types of detergents may account for the higher toxicity observed", they wrote.

They also noted an additional 14% increase in calls to poison centers concerning exposures to detergent packets for dishwashers.

The pods in question are the United States brand Tide Pods, that look just like candies as they come in an array of colours. These are people who are going out and actively going to look for them to ingest them.

Dr. Alfred Aleguas Jr., managing director of the Florida Poison Information, told USA Today that even small amounts of the pods can quickly induce diarrhea and vomiting.

The study also found that liquid capsules were far more harmful than powder ones and some children have even entered into a coma from ingesting them.

A spokesman said: 'Our laundry pacs are a highly concentrated detergent meant to clean clothes and they're used safely in millions of households every day.

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