“It looks like a bomb went off” – Beware of button batteries this holiday season and the damage they can do if a child swallows one

“It looks like a bomb went off” – Beware of button batteries this holiday season and the damage they can do if a child swallows one

Actual damage from button battery ingestion

Dayton, OH (PRWEB) December 23, 2014

“He said, ‘Ma-maw, I swallowed a battery’ with a big smile on his face.” While 4-year-old Hunter may have been pleased with himself, Becky Roberts knew that it was no joking matter. She rushed her grandson to Dayton Children’s Hospital.

While Hunter’s case happened on an ordinary day in September, many children and adults will be opening up brand new toys and gadgets this week, many with button batteries. It’s important that families hear the warning about the dangers of button batteries now, to prepare their homes and protect their children.

The number of serious injuries or deaths from button battery ingestions has increased more than nine fold in the past 10 years, according to Safe Kids Worldwide. The National Capital Poison Center says more than 2,700 kids suffered an injury from a button battery last year alone. In Hunter’s case, Dayton Children’s doctors were able to remove the battery very quickly.

“Hunter had trouble swallowing for a few days, but the doctors say he only suffered minimal damage which healed well,” says Roberts.

Hunter is among the lucky ones. Many times parents and grandparents aren’t aware their child has swallowed a button battery. The first symptoms can mimic the flu. It’s not until their child starts having trouble swallowing or breathing, that they realize something is very wrong. By that time, the battery has done major damage.

“It looks like a little bomb has gone off in a child’s throat,” says Ravi Elluru, MD, PhD, advanced pediatric airway, ear, nose and throat doctor at Dayton Children’s. “You can see the indentation in the esophagus where the battery was and a lot of blackened scar tissue around it.” Dr. Elluru has had to reconstruct the airway of a child who swallowed a button battery.

How does the battery do damage?

“These coin-size batteries tend to get lodged right behind the larynx at the esophageal sphincter,” says Dr. Elluru. “All this real estate is so incredibly valuable, that any damage either to the food pipe or the larynx is considered ‘a worst case scenario.’”

“There is an electrical reaction between the button battery and the lining of the throat that produces a chemical,” Dr. Elluru explains. “That chemical then eats away at the tissue.”

“The larynx can be damaged, the nerves to the vocal cords can be paralyzed which can also make it hard to breathe, or the battery can burn a hole through the esophagus to the rest of the chest. If any secretions leak from the esophagus into the chest, it can cause an infection. That is rare, but a child can die within 12 to 24 hours.”

The timeline is incredibly short. Major damage can be done in as little as two hours. The damage can take years and several surgeries to repair. Even then, sometimes a return to normal is not possible.

What can parents do to protect their children?

Even though Becky had warned Hunter about the batteries, he found them in a drawer. Parents may need to take extra precautions to put them out of a child’s reach.

Parents need to search their home to find items with button batteries. They often include:

Remote controls
Books with music or sounds
Greeting cards
Flameless candles
Key fobs
Thermometers, hearing aids, diabetic testing tools or other medical devices

Parents then need to put these items out of the reach of children. If the gadget can’t be put away, a piece of duct tape over the battery compartment may keep small children from getting to the battery inside. Parents can also warn family members, friends and caregivers to do the same.

What to do if you suspect battery ingestion

If you suspect a child has swallowed a button battery, get to the emergency department immediately. Time is the enemy. The longer a button battery sits against the tissue in a child’s throat, the more devastating the outcome will be.

If it’s nothing, you’ve only wasted an evening. If it’s a battery ingestion, you may have saved a life.


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Are these Disgusting Halloween Candies Even Real?

Get ready to squirm. These barbaric Halloween treats are absolutely real, and they take the gross-out factor one step further than one step too far. See attached files for all pictures

Gummy Boogers… with “Salty” Aftertaste?

That’s right. Dried nasal mucus now comes in three flavors with equally vulgar names like Snottermelon, Sour Green Boogy, and Lemon Loogy. Each is a different size and shape, with a squishy texture, just like a real booger. The best part is the slightly salty aftertaste—a familiar flavor to ill-mannered children (and adults) everywhere.

Dead Crickets—No, Really.

There are no sour gooey centers or hard candy shells on these unsettling delicacies. That’s because they’re just dead crickets, no gimmicks or camera tricks. They do, however, have a flavorful coating of Bacon & Cheese, Salt & Vinegar, or Sour Cream & Onion powder. Somehow, that just makes them even more disturbing. Everyone knows dead insects are supposed to be coated in chocolate (more on that later).

Poop that’s a little Too Realistic

Thankfully, this one is actually a gimmick. The three-inch turds are really just molded milk chocolate. What makes them so unsettling is the painstaking detail that has been put into their slick, slightly porous texture. They even come in plastic doggy bags with “green grass” confetti. Removing one from the bag is sure to bring back memories of trips to the dog park.

Crunchy Candy Pickles… that Taste like Fruit?

It’s hard to imagine who might have hosted the meeting where these bumpy green cucumber candies were deemed passable, let alone which participant decided they should taste sweet and fruity. But then, wouldn’t most people sink their teeth into a juicy dill pickle and think, “If only this tasted more like fruit”? Okay, maybe nobody would ever think that. It doesn’t help that the candies themselves look more like green excrement than any kind of gourd… or fruit, for that matter.

Scorpion Lollipops (You Know, for the Kids)

Most people might think there would be some kind of health code prohibiting the distribution of lollipops containing real scorpions, at least to minors. There isn’t. As it turns out, the predatory arthropod is perfectly harmless—and even edible—once its venomous stinger has been removed (preferably after it’s been dead for a while). Of course, most people would still turn lily-livered as soon as they felt that bumpy exoskeleton against their tongues.

Labeled Urine Samples—Here’s to Good Health!

Trained health professionals might be able to spot the gimmick here, but most people would be fooled if they saw one of these containers out in public. Finding one in a public restroom, or left behind at a bus stop somewhere would probably lead to more more dry heaving than drooling. Chances are, nobody would even dare to touch this candy urine sample, let alone imbibe its sour liquid contents. Of course, that’s when some astute prankster would come along and chug the whole thing to the disgust of everyone watching.

Insects Laid to Rest… in Chocolate

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Eating boogers is one thing. Most people at least tried a sample of their own back in grade school, just to see what all the hype was about. But even then, it never occurred to anyone that the inner depths of their ear canals might provide a similarly scrumptious source of food. Well, apparently it occurred to at least one person, because these gummy earwax candies exist. They come in dark yellow lumps, just like the real deal. Thankfully, they taste like regular gummies.

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Finally! Edible Toxic Sludge

Most people have probably never experienced that sudden urge to break into their nearest toxic waste dump, wrench open one of the steel drums, and chug hazardous slime to their heart’s content. Then again, most people wouldn’t get a kick out of serving miniature versions of the stuff on Halloween. Yes, these are pieces of gum shaped like toxic waste barrels, and they even have their own oozing green stuff inside. Their contents may not be radioactive, but they are extremely sour.

Want to squirm even more? Check out the whole smorgasbord of revolting Halloween goodies from CandyWarehouse.com, including all of those above, plus gummy worm-infested brains and fish head suckers, by clicking here.

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