MAMAS ALERT: Lithium Batteries a Hazard

New attention has landed on those small lithium batteries used to power electronic devices from cell phones to calculators and children’s toys. They’re round and about 20 mm in diameter, around the size of a nickel.

A study published in Pediatrics documents a 6.7 fold increase in serious events as a result of children swallowing those little suckers.

Not only can they obstruct small airways and cause choking, but if swallowed, they can  create a current and burn through delicate body structures, like the esophagus and intestines.

So keep those flashlights, cameras, etc. out of little mouths and consider reinforcing the battery compartments of talking books and other toys with some duct tape (see, it really IS good for everything).

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Ellen and Rachel are two old friends and “expert” mamas—one a pediatrician and one a family therapist—with fifty years of parenting experience between them.


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