YouTube Is Taking Down 'Tide Pod Challenge' Videos

Ebony Scott
January 18, 2018

The so-called "Tide Pod challenge", which reportedly began as a joke, has become enough of a thing that it has garnered responses from a government watchdog, poison control centers, and Tide's parent company, Procter & Gamble.

"You're really taking a chance - and to what end?" "It's pretty foolish behavior".

Putting detergent in the mouth is the latest Internet fad among teenagers. In 2016, for instance, there were over 20,000 calls related to hand sanitizers, 17,000 for toothpaste exposure, 16,000 for deodorants and 13,000 for mouthwash.

Almost 220 teens were reportedly exposed to the capsules in 2017, and about 25 percent of those cases were intentional, according to data from the American Association of Poison Control Centers cited by The Washington Post.

"Children have required hospitalization from ingesting the product due to loss of consciousness, excessive vomiting, drowsiness, throat swelling, and difficulty breathing (requiring intubation)", it reads. And the consequences may be much worse.

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Poison control centers have handled over 50,000 calls about laundry packets over the past five years, the vast majority being accidents involving kids younger than 5 years old.

As with almost any substance, Aleguas said, "the dose makes the poison".

"The "laundry packet challenge" is neither amusing nor without serious health implications", Stephen Kaminski, the association's CEO and executive director, said in a statement Tuesday. The small, colorful pods can be mistaken for candy by children. "Lock them away if you have to, whatever you have to do to keep the family safe", said Colon".

Several videos of kids biting into the coloured laundry detergent packets or even chewing them after cooking them in frying pans are all over the Internet and this has raised serious health concerns.

Speaking of which, make sure you line up a laundry service down in the Caymans.

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