What Parents and Caregivers Can Do
There are steps you can take to reduce the risk associated with coin lithium batteries:
Devices to check
- Mini remote controls
- Car key fobs
- Flameless candles
- Sound-enabled books
- Scales and other health and fitness products
1. Learn the facts
- Know which devices use coin lithium batteries.
- Learn the symptoms of coin lithium battery ingestion, such as coughing, drooling and discomfort. Get more facts
2. Reduce the risk
- Check your home for loose or spare coin lithium batteries and devices that use them. Lock them away from kids.
- When purchasing new coin lithium batteries, choose batteries in packaging that requires scissors to open.
- Tell family and friends about the risk. Share our coin lithium battery safety fact sheet and other videos with them.
3. Get help fast
Go to the ER immediately if a battery is swallowed.
- Tell doctors and nurses it might be a coin lithium battery.
- Give the medical team the identification number from the battery’s package if possible.
- Do not let the child eat or drink until an X-ray determines if a battery is present.
- Do not induce vomiting.
Data provided by Dr. Toby Litovitz and the The National Capital Poison Center based on incidents reported to U.S. poison control centers.