A new study found that liquid detergent might be dangerous for vision. Reports showed that increasing numbers of children suffered dangerous burns from the chemicals in the detergents that might be a threat to their vision.
In 2012, a number of 12 preschoolers suffered severe eye burns from the liquid detergent pods. Until 2015, the number increased to 500, with about 1,200 cases that occurred in these years.
But how can children get burns from detergent? The pods have a very appealing look, they are colorful, look like toys, and make children want to play with them. Thus, they may puncture the pods and the liquid gets into their eyes. Also, the children might get burns if the chemicals spread all around their hands and they touch their eyes.
The lead researcher of the study is Dr. Sterling Haring, from the Bloomberg School of Public Health of the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. He declared that laundry detergent is one of the main elements that causes eye burns in children. He declared that the rate of detergent burns rose from less than 1 percent in 2012 to 26 percent in 2015.
However, the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) declared that the burn cases included in the study took place before the introduction of the safety standards. At the end of 2016, the majority of cleaning products manufacturers introduced special pods that can resist squeezing. The external packaging also contains a bitter substance that prevents children from swallowing their contents.
Dr. Haring and the researchers used data on conjunctivitis and chemical eye injuries which occurred to 3- and 4-year-olds from 2012 to 2015.
The chemicals in the pods are alkaline, and not acidic, and this is more dangerous, since alkaline chemicals can cause more damage than the acidic ones. These chemicals can burn the cornea and thus causing vision impairment or temporary blindness. The children who suffer these injuries usually have to have their cornea replaced.
However, if your child happens to get chemical detergent in the eyes, the most important step is to rinse the eye with cool water for 20 minutes. It is of a crucial importance to do this before taking the child to a hospital, since the longer the chemicals stay in the eye, the more dangerous they are.
Still, the most important thing to do to prevent any accident is to keep these detergent pods away from children and not leave them some place where they can be seen.
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