Button battery

There's a little-known risk to small children. Coin-sized lithium button batteries can cause severe injuries when swallowed.

In Australia, an estimated four children per week present to an emergency department with an injury related to a button battery.

The most serious cases involve 10 cent-sized batteries, but all sizes are hazardous. Batteries can get stuck in a child’s throat and burn through the oesophagus in as little as two hours. Repair can require feeding and breathing tubes and multiple surgeries.

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