Children’s curiosity is a beautiful thing, but it’s easy to underestimate the consequences of their sense of adventure. We know that toddlers put almost everything they can get their hands on into their mouth, which is why childproofing your home is so important.Laundry capsules can be very appealing to a young eye and inquisitive mind, so keeping them well out of the reach of children is crucial. We’ll help you keep children safe with some safe storage tips below.
Safe Use Advice
Only use liquid laundry capsules to wash clothes and carefully follow the on-pack instructions. They should never be used for any other purpose and should always be stored out of reach and out of sight of children, as you never know where their exploring hands and curiosity may lead them to.
When you’ve taken a capsule out of the pack to do the laundry, make a habit of it to re-close the pack right away. A child might otherwise manage to grab a capsule out of the open pack within a split second. Children love to imitate adults. So if you’ve just taken a capsule out of the pack, you can imagine what a child would like to do too!
Next, put the capsule directly into the drum of the washing machine, and close the machine door immediately. Even if you need to step away from the machine for only an instant to get the laundry. Children are surprisingly quick when they want to take something they find interesting. So as a rule, never leave a liquid laundry detergent capsule outside of its pack or outside of the closed washing machine, even if it is only for a very short time.
It goes without saying that you should never ever give a liquid laundry detergent capsule to a child, to help with the laundry, or to play with it. If a capsule is accidentally dropped on the floor, make sure you find it and pick it up immediately. And if you need to throw away a capsule for whatever reason, make sure a child cannot easily take it out of the dustbin.
Once you’ve put the liquid laundry detergent capsule safely into the machine drum, don’t forget to put the pack back into its safe storage place, and to close the child-safety lock on the cupboard if you don’t have a high storage place.
What to do if a child has swallowed laundry detergent
You can do all the right things to keep kids safe, but accidents can happen. That’s why knowing what to do if your little one did swallow some detergent is so important:
Recognise symptoms: these include coughing, struggling for breath, and vomiting.
Stay calm: if they see you panicking it could unsettle them even more, so do your best to keep calm.
Contact a doctor immediately: tell them what you think might have happened and they can guide you.
Head to A&E: don’t take any chances. Take the detergent with you too, so you can show doctors exactly what your child has swallowed.
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