JAMA Ophthalmology,Emergency department,Eye injury,Laundry

Laundry Pods and Kids: Eye Injuries on the Rise

February 2, 2017
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MORE Laundry pods filled with detergent are a growing source of eye injuries in young kids, a new study finds. Eye injuries from the laundry pods sent 480 kids to the emergency room in 2015, up from 12 emergency room visits for kids in 2012, according to the study, which was published today (Feb. 2) in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology. "The role of laundry detergent pods in eye injuries among preschool-aged children is growing," the authors, led by Dr. R. Sterling Haring, a physician and health policy researcher at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, wrote in the study. [9 Weird Ways Kids Can Get Hurt] Eye injuries — specifically, chemical burns — can occur when a child is playing with a laundry pod and the contents squirt into one or both eyes, or if the contents leak onto a child's hand and he or she touches his or her eye, according to the...

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