Button Batteries

An Article by Worsley Training - First Aid Training in and around Wiltshire

Button Batteries First Aid Training resources

Hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and like us the piles of presents under the tree are now reduced to scattered semi-played with toys, plus many recycling bags full of wrapping paper and packaging! A hidden danger from events like Christmas or birthdays is button batteries!

Do check that the battery compartments of any electrical items (including musical cards and remote controls) are fully screwed in and tape them up if you are not sure.

Button batteries can be corrosive if they get stuck and can burn a hole in the throat in just 2 hours. If you think your child may have swallowed one take them to A&E immediately for an x-ray to confirm. If it has reached the stomach it will probably pass straight through so don't try to make them sick.


Remember to check your button batteries are safe and unreachable by small fingers!


This image and other top safety tips from RoSPA.