Liquitabs are the most common cause for enquiry at the National Poison Information Centre.

National Poison Information Centre
National Poison Information Centre

Liquitabs are sachets of concentrated detergent liquid used for washing clothes and dissolve in water so they are dangerous for children who are attracted by the combination bright colours and the smell. Patricia Casey, Manager of the National Poison Information Centre, Beaumont Hospital spoke to Caoimhe O’Malley about the dangers of liquid capsules and tablets which are usually picked up by curious one and two year olds.

Recently, packaging has been changed so that you cannot see the capsules anymore. The press under the sink is where most people store their detergents but with small children it would be wise to move them to a high press.

For more information log on to

For advice call 01 809 2166 anytime from 8am to 10pm each day.

Patricia Casey, National Poison Information Centre speaks about the dangers of Liqutabs for small children - Download This Episode