Button Battery Factsheet

Understand the dangers of button batteries and how to avoid them.

What is a Button Battery

Button batteries are commonly used in many different small electrical products and toys. Often they are already installed in the products and toys. Examples include but are not limited to remote controls, watches, calculators, toys, flashing decorations, flameless candles and reading lights.

Are button batteries dangerous?

Who is at risk?

What are the symptoms of a child who has swallowed a button battery?

Children often swallow button batteries without anyone knowing. Symptoms can include chest pain, coughing, choking, vomiting, drooling, decreased appetite or refusal to eat, fever, abdominal pain and general discomfort. Spitting blood or blood-stained saliva or having very dark stained or black bowel motions, can indicate bleeding or ulceration somewhere in the upper or lower digestive system.

How is a swallowed button battery diagnosed?