Even flat button batteries are dangerous to children (capt.org.uk)
















Do you know why ‘flat’ button
batteries are dangerous?
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“He swallowed the 'flat' battery
when it was being replaced with a new one. We removed it within 3-4
hours but he had a nasty burn of his oesophagus.”


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gastroenterologist














 









We could be forgiven for thinking
that, when a product no longer works, the lithium coin cell battery
that was powering it is flat and no longer poses a risk to
children.  But, as we have discovered, that’s not the case at
all.
The dead or ‘flat’ battery you’ve just thrown into the
recycling pot in the kitchen drawer can still do significant damage
if a child swallows it and it gets stuck in their food pipe. 
Many accidents happen without an adult knowing and with a child too
young to tell them. 
In
some cases, batteries haven’t been detected for weeks.  A scary
prospect. Happily, the solution is very simple as long as
families know there is a danger.









 






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