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Doctors warn against eating Tide Pods

Doctors warn against eating Tide Pods”

It seems to be by the Tide Twitter account and claims the PODS will be discontinued in February due to the PODS challenge.

"Teenagers are notoriously stupid and they do stupid things", said Dr. Jenifer Jones-Dees, Pediatrician. The vast majority of those cases involve children under 6 years old, the center's outreach educator Sherrie Pace said.

With more people becoming sick from eating detergent pods, a manufacturer is speaking out in hopes of ending a viral challenge.

Again, I can not believe I have to write this out, but: do not eat Tide Pods.

YouTube has already committed to taking down any videos of people eating the pods, which it views as a violation of its Community Guidelines. That led to a total of 86 cases so far this year. The American Association of Poison Control Centers warned last week that it had seen a spike in teens eating the detergent pods, which it says can cause seizures, respiratory arrest and even death.

Typically, people don't eat an entire pod - even when they purposely put them in their mouths, Pace said. The most typical is vomiting, Pace said. Those with asthma or other breathing issues can die from that type of exposure.

"We cannot stress enough how unsafe this is to the health of individuals-it can lead to seizure, pulmonary edema, respiratory arrest, coma, and even death", Stephen Kaminski, AAPCC's CEO and Executive Director, wrote.

Tide posted a video to its Twitter feed January 12, saying pods should be used only for doing laundry.

If you still feel the urge to eat one, or know someone who is going through an unfortunate Tide Pod phase themselves, take a note from AAPCC's statement and call Poison Help hotline at 1-800-222-1222 or text Poison to 797979.

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