Poison Control officials are raising concerns over miniature laundry detergent products, warning they could be dangerous to kids.

FOX News Radio's Don Mathisen reports:

There has been a dramatic rise in the number of children swallowing detergent packets. Doctors say kids are confusing the small, brightly-colored packets with candy.

There have been about 250 reported cases so far this year, and doctors say the symptoms - such a nausea and breathing problems - are even more severe than typical detergent poisoning.

Manufacturers introduced the products just a few months ago.  A Procter & Gamble spokesman says all cleaning products need to be handled carefully and kept out of the reach of children.

Don Mathisen, FOX News Radio.