Local Parents and Teens Respond to ‘Tide Pods Challenge’

YORK TOWNSHIP, YORK COUNTY, PA – You’ve probably seen it circulating the internet. It’s called the ‘Tide Pods Challenge’, where teens challenge each other.

YORK TOWNSHIP, YORK COUNTY, PA – You’ve probably seen it circulating the internet. It’s called the “Tide Pods Challenge,” where teens challenge each other to eat laundry detergent pods and it has gone viral.

“When I first saw it I was like wow, it’s crazy,” said Idelisse Cordero of York Township.

Cordero says his 13-year-old daughter showed him one of the videos on his phone.

“I just can’t believe you knew that kids would even think of doing something like this,” Cordero said. “This is the first time I’ve heard of it.

But for teens, the Tide Pod Challenge is something they’re all too familiar with.

Mit Helf, 18, of York Township, says a friend of his at school tried it.

“He was just telling people about it, telling people he had tried it and he said it didn’t taste good,” said Mit Helf of York Township. “I don’t think he really ate it, he kind of bit it and then spat it out,” he added.

“These are chemicals that can be caustic to the soft tissue, so the paddle, the throat, and fit into really, really important structures,” said Dr Robert Bassett, acting medical director of the Poison Control Center. . “Our swallow tube our esophagus, our breathing tubes or our windpipes and that is exactly what it is, a chemical burn, and this damage can be minor or life threatening.”

16-year-old Gage Carter thinks the challenge is no joke and says it comes down to one thing, peer pressure.

“When I was in first grade people would try to pressure me to do things and I was like no,” said Gage Carter of Spring Garden Township.

So we asked if he would ever consider doing it? Even for a million dollars?

“No question !” Carter said.

“Be smarter, read books, that’s what’s cool,” Cordero said.

Procter and Gamble, who make the Tide Pods, issued the following statement – saying in part QUOTE: “Laundry bags are made for cleaning clothes. You shouldn’t play with them under any circumstance, even This is a joke.Like all household cleaning products, they should be used correctly and stored safely.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the ingestion of Tide Pod, you can call the Poison Control Line at: 800-222-1222.

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