Mum issues safety warning about laundry tablets
'Please make sure your children NEVER TOUCH these!'
By Livia Gamble
April 21 2017
A mum has issued a safety warning for a common household item.
Taking to Facebook, Jemima Strain is urging parents to make sure their children never touch washing machine liquitabs after her son ended up in the emergency room.
“Please make sure that your children NEVER TOUCH these! The warnings on the boxes are minuscule and the boxes themselves aren't childproof," said Jemima.
Jemima’s son picked up a liquid washing tablet while trying to help her with washing, the contents ending up in his eye.
“I had no idea how awful the contents are. After washing them out as much as possible he was still clearly in a lot of discomfort and pain,” she continues.
After a phone call to the National Health Service, Jemima and her husband rushed their son to a hospital's emergency department for treatment.
"On arriving at A&E we spent over an hour and a half with a full team of nurses who had to hold him down and force his eyes open whilst trying to neutralise the liquid with a litre and a half of saline fluid to wash out his eyes. He was traumatised as was I," Jemima explained.
The boy was then referred to an eye specialist to treat the chemical burns on his eyes.
Jemina wrote in capitals: “THE CONSULTANTS SAID THEY HAD WRITTEN TO THE MANUFACTURERS BEGGING THEM TO STOP MAKING THEM AS THEY CAUSED 40% OF ALL CHEMICAL EYE INJURIES LAST YEAR. IF WE HAD NOT WASHED HIS EYES OUT MY SON WOULD HAVE SUFFERED FROM FURTHER BURNS TO HIS EYES AND CHILDREN HAVE HAD THEIR CORNEAS BURNED OFF.”
The mum finished her post urging everyone to share her warning.
“It's an awful advertising gimmick making them look like fun squidgy pouches. Even I've been tempted to give it a squish... multi-sensory is all the rage for a reason. But the manufacturers need to look at child proofing the boxes. And take this much more seriously.”