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Small Button Battery Can Cause Big Concern When Ingested

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While still at home, parents are reminded to NOT induce vomiting. Children should not eat or drink until an X-ray confirms that the battery is not stuck in the esophagus.

While waiting for the battery to pass, parents should report any signs of fever, vomiting, stomach aches or blood in the stool. Of course, keep an eye on the toilet until the battery has passed.

If anyone ingests a battery, call immediately:

24-hour National Battery Ingestion Hotline: 202-625-3333 (They accept collect calls)

Poison Center: 1-800-222-1222


American Academy of Pediatrics. Battery Ingestion Injuries and Deaths on the Rise. Web. 30, Jan. 2012.

National Capital Poison Center. Swallowed a Button Battery? Web. 30, Jan. 2012. http://www.poison.org/battery

Reviewed January 31, 2012
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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