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Dangers of Button Batteries

An Oklahoma family suffered an awful tragedy last week when their 2 year old toddler swallowed a button battery and passed away a few days later. Button batteries are found in hearing aides, remote cButton Batteryontrols, greeting cards that play music, calculators, pen lights etc.

The child’s grandfather, says she hadn’t been feeling well for a couple days and was throwing up and had a fever. She was taken to a hospital after she began throwing up blood.

The best way to prevent any accident, is proper adult supervision and organization. Parents and caregivers need to be mindful of objects that can pose a threat to young children and make sure they are out of a childs reach.

A swallowed battery may cause no symptoms at all, but if it becomes stuck in the esophagus or stomach, the following symptoms may occur:

  • Stomach pain
  • Bloody stools
  • Cardiovascular collapse (shock)
  • Chest pain
  • Gastrointestinal inflammation
  • Hole in the esophagus
  • Nausea
  • Metallic taste
  • Vomiting (possibly bloody)

If you suspect your child swallowed a battery or another poisonous substance, it is best to call Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222. They will give you further instructions.

Decorating Safely

christmas-tree-lights1Thanks to Safe Kids, for these wonderful tips

Top Safety Tips If you decorate a tree, avoid these top decorating mistakes:

 Decorate with children in mind. Do not put ornaments that have small parts or metal hooks, or look like food or candy, on the lower branches where small children can reach them.

 Trim protruding branches at or below a child’s eye level, and keep lights out of reach.

Natural trees always involve some risk of fire. To minimize the risk, get a fresh tree and keep it watered at all times. Do not put the tree within three feet of a fireplace, space heater, radiator or heat vent. Never leave a lit tree or other decorative lighting display unattended.

Inspect lights for exposed or frayed wires, loose connections and broken sockets. Do not overload extension cords or outlets and do not run an electrical cord under a rug. Do not burn tree branches, treated wood or wrapping paper in a home fireplace. ?

 Top tips to prevent poisoning this holiday season:

Keep alcohol, including baking extracts, out of reach and do not leave alcoholic drinks unattended.

Color additives used in fireplace fires are a toxic product and should be stored out of reach.

 Artificial snow can be harmful if inhaled, so use it in a well-vented space.

Mistletoe berries, Holly Berry and Jerusalem Cherry can be poisonous. If they are used in decorating, make sure children and pets cannot reach it. In a poison emergency, call the national Poison Control Center at 800-222-1222.