Button batteries can injure or even kill a child if they are swallowed. At least two children a year have died because of swallowing a lithium coin battery in this country.
If a lithium coin batter gets stuck in a child's food pipe, energy from the battery reacts with saliva to make the body create caustic soda. This can cause catastrophic internal bleeding, burn a hole in the windpipe and cause death within hours. Even batteries that seem to be 'flat' can still contain enough charge to badly hurt a child.
To keep your child safe:
If you suspect your child has swallowed a button battery:
Act fast - there may not be any specific symptoms. However. if symptoms do develop they could include loss of appetite, tummy pain, gagging or drooling, being sick, being lethargic, or vomiting up fresh blood.
Read more in our Button Batteries blog