Batteries Shown to Pose Risk for Kids

Anna Wilde Mathews
Wall Street Journal

The proliferation of electronic gadgets in American homes may have an unwelcome side effect: a rising number of emergency-room visits by children who have stuck batteries in their mouths, ears or noses.

Of particular concern are little round “button” batteries found in many watches, cameras and other small devices, which can cause severe injury if they lodge in the esophagus.

A new study in the journal Pediatrics found that the number of emergency-room visits by those under age 18 involving ingestion of these small batteries was …

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