TABLE 1

Characteristics of Laundry Detergent Pod Exposures Among Children Younger Than 6 Years, NPDS 2012–2013

CharacteristicsNo. of Exposure Calls%a
Child age, y
 <115158.8
 1572933.3
 2542531.5
 3273915.9
 412637.3
 55193.0
 <6b400.2
Gender
 Male892751.8
 Female826948.0
 Unknown340.2
Exposure site
 Residence (own or other)17 04398.9
 Other1570.9
 Unknown300.2
Route of exposure
 Single route15 15788.0
  Ingestion13 73079.7
  Ocular12387.2
  Dermal1250.7
  Aspiration590.3
  Inhalation20.0
 Multiple routes with ingestion178810.4
  Ingestion+Dermal9765.7
  Ingestion+Ocular4342.5
  Ingestion+Ocular+Dermal3321.9
  Ingestion+Inhalation210.1
  Ingestion+Ocular+Inhalation+Dermal120.1
  Ingestion+Ocular+Inhalation60.0
  Ingestion+Aspiration+Dermal30.0
  Ingestion+Inhalation+Dermal30.0
  Ingestion+Ocular+Aspiration10.0
 Other multiple routes2861.7
  Ocular+Dermal2751.6
  Ocular+Inhalation+Dermal60.0
  Ocular+Inhalation30.0
  Dermal+Other10.0
  Inhalation+Dermal10.0
 Unknown20.0
Total17 230
  • a Percentages may not sum to 100.0% due to rounding error.

  • b PCCs were unable to obtain the exact age for these cases, but it was known that the child was ≤5 years of age.