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Three-year-old injured after foam soap "exploded" in bath

A three-year-old boy is reported to be in a critical condition after a children’s foam soap canister allegedly exploded when he was in the bath.

24 October 2017

The product, Paw Patrol Mouldable Foam Soap, is supplied in an aerosol can and is advertised as allowing children to create shapes with the foam before rinsing the foam off.
 
The boy’s aunt posted on social media last week that her nephew had been using the soap in the bath when it “exploded”. She said he had suffered burns to the inside and outside of his body.
 
The boy’s family called for the product to be removed from shop shelves, and were supported by retired SDLP politician Pat Ramsey who has also asked public health departments to urgently investigate.
 
The makers of the product, Kokomo, confirmed over the weekend that as a “precautionary measure” they have suggested that retailers remove the product from sale while they cooperate with the Trading Standards investigation.
 
A spokesman for the Belfast Trust confirmed to media outlet Belfast Live on Friday 20 October that the child was “in the intensive care unit and his condition is critical”.
 
A spokesperson for Nickelodeon, the company who licence the Paw Patrol brand, has said: “We are terribly sorry to hear about this dreadful incident and we are gathering more information about the licensed product involved.”
 
Michelle Victor, solicitor in Leigh Day’s consumer law and product safety department, said:
 
“It is shocking to see the news that a product aimed at making bath time fun for children has apparently caused such horrendous injuries. This simply should not happen under any circumstances.
 
“While we don’t know the cause of the apparent explosion, it is clear that any product marketed at children and to be used at bath time should consider the likelihood that the product may be exposed to warm water.
 
“We urge the local authorities to carry out a full and thorough investigation and hope that the manufacturer will cooperate fully. In the meantime, this product should be removed from sale immediately.”

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