The number of chemical burns to the eye linked to laundry detergent packets jumped more than thirty times among toddlers from 2012 to 2015, a new study revealed.
According to the new study, more than 1,200 young kids, in the age-group of 3-4 years, received chemical burns to the eye during that period of time period. The number such instances jumped from 12 in 2012 to 480 in 2015.
Proportionally, the total number of chemical eye injuries linked to laundry detergent packets soared from 0.8 per cent of all burns in 2012 to 26 per cent in 2015.
Eric J. Moorhead, the president of Good Chemistry LLC, said, “Each pod consists of a detergent mixture wrapped in a water-soluble film, made up of a proprietary polyvinyl alcohol polymer … At high concentrations, these ordinarily safe ingredients can cause irritation, especially in sensitive areas like the eyes.”
The liquid detergent in the pods contains high levels surfactants, chemicals that used for stain removal. Single-dose detergent packs, which are also called laundry packets or pods, entered the market in 2012.
The alarming findings of the new study appeared in the Thursday (Feb. 2nd) edition of the medical journal JAMA Ophthalmology.