A reminder this Christmas to keep button batteries out of reach of children

Button BatteriesKeep button batteries out of reach of children.

Christmas is a time when children receive new toys.  Often these toys are operated by button batteries.  Make sure you secure the battery compartment on toys, remote controls,  cameras, watches etc.  so that children cannot remove the batteries.

Batteries lodged in the esophagus can burn a hole in just 2 hours, causing damage that could require extensive surgical repair.

Here is a demonstration of how a button battery can cause severe burns when it comes into contact with tissue:  https://youtu.be/3Os-WkKnKsw

If you find a toy or device with a battery missing or you suspect your child might have swallowed a battery, look for these symptoms:

  • nausea and vomiting
  • fever
  • coughing
  • abdominal pain
  • breathing problems
  • diarrhea
  • irritability
  • throat pain
  • refusal to eat or drink

What to do if you think you child may have swallowed a button battery

If you think your child may have swallowed a battery, but you're not sure or see no symptoms, it's best to err on the side of caution and seek medical advice.  Call the Poisons Centre or take your child to the hospital.

Follow these guidelines:

  • Do not try to induce vomiting.
  • Don't let your child eat or drink.
  • Tell the doctors that you believe your child swallowed a button battery. An X-ray can be done to see if the battery is in your child's body.
  • If a battery is stuck in your child's body, it will need to be removed  quickly to prevent further injury.



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