Protect Your Child From Swallowing Lithium Batteries

Each year, about 3,500 button battery swallowing cases are reported to the U.S. poison control centers. Serious injuries and deaths are on the rise. The most serious cases involve nickel-sized 20 mm diameter batteries. These can get stuck in a child's throat and burn through the esophagus in as little as two hours. Repair can require feeding and breathing tubes and multiple surgeries. Kids under age 4 are at greatest risk.