When swallowed, small coin-sized lithium button batteries can get stuck in a child's throat and cause severe burns or death. Watch the videos and follow the 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.
If you suspect a child has swallowed a button battery, immediately call the Poisons Information Centre on 13 11 26 or go to a hospital emergency room. Do not let the child eat or drink and do not induce vomiting
Keep coin-sized button batteries and devices out of sight and out of reach.
Examine devices and make sure the battery compartment is secure.
Dispose of used button batteries immediately. Flat batteries can still be dangerous.
Tell others about the risk associated with button batteries and how to keep their children safe.