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Poison Prevention in Laundry Pods & Other Household Items

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: What kind of ingredients are hazardous to your child's health?
Air Date: 9/30/15
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Cori Cross, MD
cori crossDr. Corinn Cross was born and raised in New Jersey. She attended Barnard College where she graduated cum laude and majored in philosophy. She went on to attend the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, NJ, where she was selected for the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Dr. Cross did her internship and residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Cross has continued to work at CHLA as a general pediatrics attending.

Dr. Cross is actively involved in her local AAP, Chapter 2, where she is an obesity champion. She is co-founder of the Fit to Play and Learn Obesity Prevention curriculum. Through a collaboration between AAP Chapter 2 and the L.A. Unified School District this curriculum is being used to educate at-risk students and their parents on the risks of obesity and to help them to lead healthier lives. Dr. Cross is an AAP Spokesperson and speaks to children throughout the L.A. school district about obesity, healthy lifestyles and the benefits of walking to school.

Dr. Cross is a member of the Executive Board for the AAP's Council on Communications and Media. She is the Editor of the Council on Communications and Media's blog.
Poison Prevention in Laundry Pods & Other Household Items
Recently, companies have made using laundry detergent easier and less messy by creating individual laundry pods.

Even though the individual size pods can make storing and using more efficient, it can be a huge hazard for your children.

According to Poison Help, in just 2015 along (through August 31), poison centers received reports of 8,318 exposures to highly concentrated packets of laundry detergent by children five and younger.

Another concern is all the household cleaning products that you think are securely put away under the sink, but your child might easily get in to.

Many kids might eat, inhale, or break open cleaning products, which can get on skin and in eyes. Health problems can range from wheezing, vomiting, abrasions, and extreme fatigue.

How can you prevent your child from getting into the laundry pods and other household cleaning items?

Listen in as Cori Cross, MD, shares how you can prevent your child from getting into laundry pods and other cleaning items.
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