A recent study reveals that laundry detergent pods are prone to causing harm to young children. The pods are small and colorful and attract the eye of young kids who end up putting them in their mouth. The problem is that they contain harsh chemicals which are good at cleaning clothes but bad for kids. In 2012 and 2013 there were 17,000 reported cases of kids under age 6 who ate or inhaled the pod contents. Most of these were 1 or 2 years old. Of these 6,000 went to the emergency room, 750 were hospitalized, about 375 required intensive care, and 2 children died.
If you use these products it is very important to make sure your child cannot access them. At a minimum you can store them on a high inaccessible shelf. Better yet would be to place them in locked closet, or put them in a cabinet that is child proofed with a safety lock. Also make certain that none of the small pods fall to the floor where your child can pick them up.
NY Times Article