Quick Facts about dishwashing detergent:
Dishwashing detergent can come in vibrant colors or candy-like pods or tablets. This makes it particularly tempting for young children, who may be attracted to detergent and get it in their mouths.
Automatic dishwashing detergents have ingredients like corrosion inhibitors and strong alkalis that are meant for dishwashers and make them different from hand dishwashing soaps. These ingredients also make them more toxic. Available in powder or granules, gel, tablets, or pods, ADDs can irritate the mouth and throat, or cause nausea and vomiting if swallowed. If dishwashing detergent gets in a child’s eyes, it can also cause irritation and pain. That’s why if you notice that your child has handled dishwashing detergent, it’s important to call right away.
If your child has ingested dishwashing detergent, it is important not to panic. Most children will react to the taste and may cough or gag. Take the detergent away from the child and wipe their mouth out with a soft wet cloth. You may give them some water to drink to get the taste out of their mouth. Do not try to induce vomiting. Be sure to wash any exposed skin with soap and water.
After you have removed your child from the situation, immediately call the Missouri Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222. Treatment recommendations are often determined by the amount ingested. The poison center is open all day, every day for poisoning emergencies and questions and our team of medical professionals will help to walk you through the next steps.