Paediatric surgeons see life-threatening injuries in children from swallowing button batteries and operate to remove them and repair the damage. However, we really need to keep children safe from button batteries by preventing these potentially fatal injuries happening in the first place.
At the end of 2020, families are spending more time at home with wintry weather, tiered lockdowns, home-working, and holidays approaching. As a result, there may be more gadgets and toys in the home posing potential risks if they contain button batteries. Additionally, new parents may not have seen previous safety campaigns as the Covid-19 pandemic dominates everyone’s attention. We need to minimise the risk to children in the run up to Christmas and are launching a social media campaign to raise awareness.
Why are button batteries so dangerous?
When a button battery is swallowed, caustic soda is created which can:
- chemically burn a hole
- cause severe bleeding
- and even kill
In under 4 hours, a button battery swallowed by a child can cause life threatening injuries. This video from the BBC shows the dangers of swallowing button batteries.
Share our safety campaign with these resources
Please share with anyone who looks after children, especially parents and grandparents of toddlers and babies.
You can share this page, our social media fliers and and Great Ormond Street Hospital’s information sheet. Click on the images to download:
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|An information sheet for families is available on the Great Ormond Street Hospital website.|
If a child has swallowed a button battery
Or you suspect they have:
- Go straight to A&E
- Do not try to make your child vomit and
- Ensure they have nothing to eat or drink
Suspect a child has swallowed a button battery?
Warning signs include:
- excess dribbling
- trouble swallowing
- unexplained chest infections