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Tips to keep your child safe from injuries from swallowing batteries.While it's natural for kids to explore, it helps to learn which discoveries are safe and which pose potential hazards. Protect your kids from button batteries and other small parts they might find by following these steps.

Top Safety Tips

  • Keep small electronics or devices that use button batteries out of reach of small children. These include remote controls, key fobs, watches, pocket calculators, musical greeting cards and flameless candles.
  • While the best thing to do is to keep these items away from young kids, if you know your children are natural explorers, secure your battery-controlled devices and keep them up and away and out of reach.
  • If you suspect your child has ingested a battery, go to the hospital immediately. Don't induce vomiting or have your child eat or drink anything until assessed by a medical professional.
  • The symptoms may be tricky to recognize (they include coughing, drooling, and discomfort), so if you have even the smallest doubt, don't take any chances. Go to the emergency room right away.
  • Enter the National Battery Ingestion Hotline (202-625-3333) into your phone right now. Call anytime for additional treatment information.

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