Small batteries increase the risk for children

CDC: Swallowed “button” batteries can be fatally harmful

NS Matt McMillan
WebMD Health News

Reviewed by Louise Chan, MD

August 30, 2012- Children According to the new CDC report, batteries are dangerous and an increasingly common combination. In 1998, 1,900 children were sent to the emergency room due to battery-related injuries, but in 2010 4,800 cases were reported.

Overall, more than 40,000 children were admitted to the ER nationwide between 1997 and 2010. Almost three-quarters of them were under four years old. One in ten children needed hospitalization. 14 of them died.

The CDC has selected coin cell batteries as the most potentially harmful type of battery for young children. These are round button-sized batteries that are often used to power watches. Hearing AIDS, and other small devices.They are easy to swallow and can get stuck esophagus, Leading to serious injury or death.

Of the 14 deaths, 12 were due to coin cell batteries. The deaths of the other two probably involved them.

“This information is consistent with recent reports showing that button cell intake increased serious or fatal consequences between 1985 and 2009,” the report author writes.

Data primarily from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System was collected and analyzed by the Federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). “We are urging the electronics industry and battery manufacturers to develop warnings and industry standards to prevent serious injury and death from coin cell batteries,” the agency said.

Potentially fatal complications

The swallowed battery Intestines And get out of your body safely. However, they often stay in the esophagus.In that case, accumulation of chemical hydroxides can occur and pose a danger.
Burn Within a few hours.Batteries stuck in the throat can also leak alkaline Electrolytes, Corrosive chemicals.

Even if the battery is not leaking, it can be harmful. Direct pressure can block blood flow to areas where the battery is clogged, which can lead to tissue death.

The symptoms of battery intake are: vomitingstomach acheheat, When diarrhea, And the difficulty Breathing And swallow. Such symptoms, which can be caused by many causes, make it difficult to quickly diagnose battery intake. This is especially true, the report author points out. When the child swallows the battery, he sees no one around him swallowing the battery.

“Another complex factor occurs when the incident is not witnessed or the diagnosis or treatment of battery intake is delayed, which was at least 9 out of 14 deaths.” The book states. “It’s also important to recognize that children may be reluctant or unable to say that they have taken the battery or gave it to their siblings.”

Safety measure

Safety standards for batteries for children’s toys are stipulated by law. Toys designed for children under the age of 3 should have no access to all batteries. On the other hand, toys for children under the age of 12 should have inaccessible batteries under a certain size.

At least three of the reported deaths were due to batteries in non-children’s devices such as remote car alarms, garage door openers, and radio remote controls. New legislation under consideration by Congress may require the protection of children in button cell enclosures for all consumer products.

“Parents and caregivers need to be aware of the potential dangers associated with battery exposure (especially coin cell ingestion) and keep products containing them away from children or secure batteries to products. The author of the report concludes. ..

If the child swallows the battery, CPSC recommends that you contact your locals immediately Poison management Center, family doctor, or 202-625-3333 24-hour national battery intake hotline.

 

URL:https://eminetra.co.nz/small-batteries-increase-the-risk-for-children/361242/

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References

Source: Weekly Report on Morbidity and Mortality, August 31, 2012. CPSC: “How much do you know about battery safety?” News release, CPSC.

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