SPRINGFIELD, MO (01/23/18) - The dangerous trend of teens eating Tide Pods has sent thousands to hospitals. The raising concern for this challenge has experts explaining what a Tide Pod can actually do to your body.
Video after video of the challenge on Youtube. But experts warn the damage to your body can be extreme, even deadly!
“Tide Pods contain ethanol and hydrogen peroxide so they can make you very sick," says trauma education coordinator at Cox South Tom Emery. "Vomiting is the most likely result.”
Emery says you could, also, experience seizures, pulmonary edema, a coma, and death. USA Today reports that there have been 86 cases of intentional exposure to liquid detergent packets in the first three weeks of 2018.
Tide released a statement, earlier, this month saying Tide Pods should be used for laundry only.
The challenge has, actually, been around for two years and just, now, making its rounds on social media. But Emery says the number of people doing it is going down.
“The Poison Control Center received numbers in around the 14,000 range in 2015. In 2017 they’re down to about 12,000," explains Emery.
Procter and Gamble, the parent company to Tide, says the trend is dangerous and that they are working with social media companies to remove videos of people biting into the pods.
Emery says this a trend because there’s a lot of peer pressure with the tide pod challenge, "Doing something that no one else would do has some appeal to some younger people.”
For any type of exposure to consuming the liquid detergent pods call your local Poison Control Center. Missouri's number is 1-(800)-222-1222.