Doctors in Phoenix are seeing cases of teens who have swallowed laundry detergent pods as part of online "challenges". This followed numerous reports pods were getting into the hands of curious toddlers, which can cause.
A odd new internet craze coined the "Tide Pod Challenge" has gone viral with teens across the nation.
College Humor posted a video about eating laundry pods in March 2017.
The end of the video shows the man being carted off into an ambulance saying, "I don't regret it".
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We've all seen some pretty random stuff across the internet but the latest viral trend of teenagers filming themselves eating laundry pods probably tops the list for stupidity.
Although the pods may have tempting colors and the urge to "join in" can be enticing for young daredevils, doctors and poison experts agree that this particular challenge is completely not worth your 15 minutes of online fame. To date, there have not been reports of anyone being taken to the hospital or receiving medical attention due to eating Tide pods as a result of the challenge.Still, the company urged their consumers and their families to use these products for laundry purposes only. These are people who are going out and actively going to look for them to ingest them. "Ending up in the emergency room is no joke", he said, USA Today reported.
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If you or someone you know has eaten a laundry detergent pod, call the national poison help hotline at 1-800-222-1222 or text POISON to 797979 to save the number in your phone.
A spokesman said: 'Our laundry pacs are a highly concentrated detergent meant to clean clothes and they're used safely in millions of households every day.
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The study also found that liquid capsules were far more harmful than powder ones and some children have even entered into a coma from ingesting them.