Study Finds Rise In Exposure Among Older Kids To Laundry Detergent Packets

A new study examined trends in calls to poison control centers throughout the nation for exposure to packets of liquid laundry detergent. The study was performed by the Central Ohio Poison Center and the Abigail Wexner Research Institute’s Center for Injury Research and Policy (CIRP) at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. It discovered a modest cut in calls for kids aged below 6 years after the implementation of a 2015 product safety norm but a rise in calls for older kids and adults. In 2017, there was one call around every 42 Min, on average, to the poison control center associated with liquid laundry detergent packets.

Study’s senior author and director of the CIRP at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Gary Smith, said, “The voluntary norm, public alertness drives, and product & packaging alterations so far are good initial measures, but still the numbers are remarkably high. We can do better.” The team recommends that detergent producers reformulate the pods and craft a standard packaging which would make them childproof.

Likewise, a famous holiday might be adding to cardiovascular risk for kids, shows a new study. Increasing pesticide usage to yield flowers for the Mother’s Day harvest has been associated with high blood pressure (BP) in kids residing near the flower yards in Ecuador, as per a study issued in Environmental Research.

A University of California San Diego School of Medicine researcher, Jose R. Suarez, said, “These results are remarkable in that this is the foremost research to illustrate that pesticide spray periods not only can boost the pesticide exposure of kids residing near agriculture but can also elevate their BP as well as overall threat of hypertension.” Apart from developing high BP, the kids in the study analyzed right after the harvest demonstrated lower attention to detail, visuospatial processing, self-control, and sensorimotor function compared to those examined well after.