Button Batteries

Button_Battery.jpgButton Batteries: they’re in everything from toys to hearing aids to thermometers and key fobs to remote controls. Don’t let them get inside your baby or child.

Always secure the screw to draws that hold button batteries. Keep them away from the kids at your house and grandmom and grandpop’s.

If you think your child may have ingested a button battery, call your pediatrician. If your child is drooling or having difficulty breathing or swallowing, call 911. Button batteries can cause serious burns to the intestines and bleeding.

Teach your child never to put anything in their ear or nose. That includes cotton swabs and fingers. Button batteries in the ears and nose can cause severe damage.

Get rid of used batteries at recycling spots in your community. Find out how and where here.

Read more about safe use and disposal of button batteries from the American Academy of Pediatrics here.

About Lisa M. Asta, MD

Lisa M. Asta, M.D. is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, for which she is also a Media Representative (she has been interviewed for “Kids Health” on Health Radio, and quoted in Parenting Magazine, USA Today, and the New York Times, among other publications). She is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco and past pediatric chair at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Asta is also a writer whose fiction has appeared in Inkwell, Philadelphia Stories, Schuylkill, and Zeniada. Her essays have appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Hippocrates, the San Jose Mercury News, and The New Physician Magazine. She is an occasional contributor to KQED public radio’s Perspectives series, and has written articles for Bay Area Parent, Valley Parent, Parents’ Press, and Parents Express, as well as online at WebMD.com, Rx.com, and MyLifePath.com. She wrote a chapter in The Field Guide to the Normal Newborn, ed. Gary Emmet, M.D. BabyCenter.com currently has two how-to videos for parents in production which feature Dr. Asta. For more on Dr. Asta’s writing, visit www.LMAsta.com
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