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Dr. Alberto Terrazas Kocurek, M.D.

Emergency Physician

Dr. Alberto Kocurek practices Emergency Medicine in Texas City, TX. Dr. Kocurek assesses patients who seek immediate medical attention at any time of day or night. Emergency Medicine Physicians are trained to efficiently work with each patient and situation no matter how acute or life-threatening. Dr. Kocurek examines patients, determines means of testing, diagnoses conditions, and decides the best treatment methods.
30 years Experience
Dr. Alberto Terrazas Kocurek, M.D.
  • Texas City, TX
  • Univ of Tx Med Branch Galveston, Galveston Tx
  • Accepting new patients

Should I be concerned about the Tide Pod challenge?

Yes, you should be concerned about such an event. If by chance he were to do it again (or should there ever be a question about a child having ingested a potentially toxic substance), READ MORE
Yes, you should be concerned about such an event. If by chance he were to do it again (or should there ever be a question about a child having ingested a potentially toxic substance), the only emergency step you need to remember is to call poison control at (800) 222-1222. They will be able to walk you through the most up-to-date recommendations for whatever substance may have been ingested.

However, if this was my child, I would also take advantage of such an incident and view it as an opportunity to sit down with my child to discuss the concept of risk and probability and how it applies to the scenario. Even in the event that he and his friends might escape a bad outcome (as others obviously have), by reposting the challenge, he is encouraging other children to do the same. When the inevitable bad outcome eventually occurs, he would be partially responsible.