Skip Nav
Gifts For Women
24 of the Best Gifts For Mamas-to-Be
Holiday
Kohl's Black Friday Deals Are Here and Almost Too Good to Be True
Dinner
These Insanely Delicious Instant Pot Meals Let You Feed the Whole Family For Less Than $10
Holiday
Elf on the Shelf Now Offers More Inclusive Options, and We Love the Tradition Even More
Ellen DeGeneres
Move Over, Oprah! Ellen DeGeneres Has Her Own List of 15 Favorite Things For Fall

How Dangerous Are Button Batteries?

In Viral X-Ray Tweet, Doctor Warns About the "Lifelong Damage" Small Batteries Can Cause Kids

We all know we should keep buttons out of children's reach, but to help illustrate why we all need a reminder, one doctor shared an X-ray image that's since gone viral on Twitter.

The scan showed a small button battery, also known as a disc battery, lodged in a baby's esophagus. In her tweet, Dutch pediatric gastroenterologist Lissy de Ridder revealed that it is the third such battery she's removed in a few short days.

"Removed three disk batteries only this week, stuck in esophagus of babies and toddlers," she wrote. "Damage is severe and lifelong in one of them. Truly individual and societal disaster. Parents, be warned!"

ADVERTISEMENT

Before you think you don't need such a warning, it's worth noting that many small battery-operated toys use these batteries, and they are the batteries found in those musical greeting cards – which are often given to kids despite how easy it is to remove the battery from the card's backing.

If button batteries are swallowed, they can not only become lodged in a child's esophagus, as de Ridder, noted, but they can burn a hole through the tissue in as little as two hours – once ingested, every second counts. In some cases, it can be fatal.

Her message is also for her fellow doctors as well, as they are sometimes misidentified as a more harmless coin by novice clinicians.

Parents, please consider avoiding any toys or products that use button batteries so there's no risk of them finding their way into your children's hands.

From Our Partners
Funboy's Inflatable Snowmobile Sled
What It's Like Having a Child With Type 1 Diabetes
Best Smoke Masks
Dwyane Wade Taking Paternity Leave
Dad's Post About Being a Stay-at-Home Mom
Girl Uses Family Code Word to Avoid Being Kidnapped
Jennifer Garner's Response to Getting Your Prebaby Body Back
Grinch Onesie Pajamas
Grinch Gingerbread House Kit
When Is A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on TV?
Festive Collection Wine Advent Calendar From Aldi 2018
From Our Partners
Latest Family
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds