Foolish laundry soap 'challenge' appears in Kansas City

Kara Marxer
January 19, 2018 - 4:38 am

Doctors say one of the dumbest social media-fueled trends, the "Tide Pod challenge", has come to Kansas City.

The 'challenge'? People videotape themselves popping the detergent packets into their mouths and then post the videos online. 

The Poison Control Center in Kansas City is getting calls about teenagers intentionally ingesting the harmful detergents.

The consequences can be very serious, said Dr. Stephen Thornton Poison Center director.

"These pods are under a little pressure and they do tend to explode," Thornton said. "If you get these chemicals into your lungs it can set up a very nasty inflammatory condition called pneumonitis that can lead to pneumonia."

"Some kids have ended up on ventilators," Thornton said.

Thornton and other doctors hope the trend passes quickly. YouTube has pulled down videos of the challenge in an effort to curb the spread.

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