Tide pod challenge: Teenagers are risking death to film themselves eating detergent

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"I can't even believe I have to say this right now", said Good Morning America's Diane Macedo.

'No one should be putting anything like that in their mouths, you know?' Just having the contents of the pod in one's mouth can cause diarrhea and vomiting.

According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, there were more than 10,500 reported exposures to highly concentrated laundry detergent by children age 5 and younger in 2017. The video is then posted to social media, such as YouTube.

Online pranksters and daredevils have been messing with laundry detergent for years.

Doctors warn that ingesting detergent can have consequences, some of which may be life threatening.

The pods in question are made by detergent company Tide and are known for their appealing shape and colour.

A 2016 study from Pediatrics Monday noted a rise in reports of children who'd accessed the pods, which are said to be more harmful than powder.

A note to teenagers: For the sake of your own sanity, your parents' health, and doctors everywhere, feel free to use Photoshop and potato chips and lay off the Tide.

Omo Pods are another similar brand found in Australia.

"Okay, I'm not really quite sure how to eat this", says YouTube personality Matthew Lush while holding one of the pods in a video posted on December 31.

The pods are bright and colorful and to children they can look like candy.

If a Tide POD is eaten, you're urged to call Poison Control or proceed to your nearest emergency room for treatment.

According to ABC News, already in 2018, there have been a number of cases of teens misusing laundry pods. A week later, Lush, who has almost 1 million subscribers, posted a satire video cooking with Tide Pods.

The substances inside these pods are highly poisonous and pose serious health risks if they are ingested.

Other makers of pod-style detergent packaging have followed similar routes to child-proof their containers.

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