Another danger of the New Year: battery-powered gifts

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY HEALTH) — On New Year’s Eve, experts remind you that you can’t leave toys with “tablet” batteries out of the reach of children.

These small disk batteries are potentially life-threatening, as if accidentally swallowed, they could burn the baby’s trachea or stomach.

Disc batteries are used to power many popular gadgets and toys, which are likely to be present among New Year’s gifts (not necessarily among children’s gifts!). For example, tablet batteries are often found in holiday lanterns and fitness trackers.

NHS England Medical Director Professor Stephen Pozis said: “For kids, tablet batteries can look like sweets, and they can be found in everything from toys to musical Christmas cards and holiday decorations, so it’s important that parents remember this danger.”

Doctors urge people to be vigilant that all products containing disk batteries are kept away from small children to prevent an accident.

The most dangerous in terms of ingestion of foreign objects is considered the age of 8 months to 3 years.

“The physics of an electrochemical burn from a battery is such that an electric arc appears in the tissue, and the process continues after the removal of the foreign body. In general, when a charged battery is swallowed, the count goes to the clock.” – doctors explain.

Sometimes it’s already impossible to save a child who swallows a battery. But even if you manage to save your life, in many cases the result of swallowing the battery becomes disability. Therefore, this is the same case. when parents should take responsibility for preventing the child from playing with batteries.


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