Teens consuming laundry-detergent pods in viral 'challenge'

A Tide pod. (KOKH/Scott Noland)

A dangerous new trend is becoming popular on social media.

It's a challenge involving a common household product.

Videos of teens putting detergent pods in their mouth and even cooking with them are making the rounds online.

Many know the pods pose serious health risks for children. But staff at the Oklahoma Center for Poison and Drug Information (OCPDI) say healthy teens or adults who eat or even bite into the pods could also experience symptoms.

"They can cause ocular burns, where you can have significant problems with your eyesight. They can cause, you know, upset stomach and vomiting diarrhea. They can significant skin burns. And then, worst case scenario, you can have issues with your breathing,” said Jami Johnson, assistant director at OCPDI.

In 2017, centers received reports of more than 10,500 exposures to highly concentrated packets of laundry detergent by children 5 and younger, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers. OCPDI took 369 of those reports.

If you or someone you know eats a detergent pod, you can reach OCPDI at 1-800-222-1222

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