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Family looks to change look of Pods after baby is hospitalized

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A 1-year-old boy from Hitterdahl, Minnesota is fighting for his life after swallowing a laundry detergent pod.
His family says it's time for a change.

As 1-year-old Alex Rohde's family waits for him to wake up in the hospital, they are working hard to send a message, that will help wash away any other dangerous situations that could happen like the one Alex is now trying to survive.

"He swallowed a Tide pod," says Michelle Klienschmidt, Alex's mother.

Alex is not the only one to get sick from one of these single use detergent pods.
Numbers out from Minnesota's Poison Control shows that in the past year, 268 children have come in contact with one. Eight have been moderately sick, one was listed major, and then there's Alex.

"We don't know what's going to happen," says Klienschmidt.

The family is stressing for Tide to change the look.

"It looks like candy," says Klienschmidt.

Even doctors agree.

"Kids get in stuff all the time but this is colorful and interesting," says Dr. Chris Tiongson, a pediatrician at Sanford Hospital.

Dr. Chris Tiongson says the Pods are also a lot more dangerous than liquid detergent or dishwashing soap.

"The chemicals in there burn the outside of the intestines," says Dr. Tiongson.

But Tide's Communication Manager tells us:

"An analysis shows us it's not the color that is attracting children to the pods," says Tracey Long, Communications Manger for Tide. "It's our priority to educate people that they are dangerous and to keep them out of reach of children."

Alex's family says it's time more is done than just education.

If you would like to keep up-to-date on Alex's condition, go to http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/alexanderrohde.

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