When swallowed, small coin-sized lithium button batteries can get stuck in a child's throat and cause severe burns or death. Order your fact card and poster for more information, including safety tips.
In a joint safety campaign, Energizer, Kidsafe, and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission warn parents about the dangers of small coin-sized lithium button batteries.
If a child swallows a button battery, the battery can get stuck in the child's throat and burn through the oesophagus in as little as two hours. Repair can require feeding and breathing tubes and multiple surgeries.
Children under five years old are at the greatest risk.
In Australia, two children have died from button battery related injuries. Each week, an estimated 20 children visit an emergency department for removal or treatment of a swallowed or inserted button battery.
The most serious cases involve 10 cent-sized batteries, but all sizes can be dangerous.