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I knew coin lithium batteries could be dangerous to children, but even as a cautious parent, I underestimated the hidden dangers of these batteries in my home. Each year approximately 3500 incidents of children swallowing coin batteries are reported to poison control centers in the United States. Serious injuries from these batteries are on the rise, and in 2012, 17 serious injuries and 2 deaths were reported.
For example, I knew coin lithium batteries were in some items like watches, but I never thought about their possible presence in children’s books with sounds, small remote controls, key fobs, thermometers, flameless candles, and other common household items that my children have access to on a daily basis.
I’m sharing this information with you because a recent survey of parents revealed that 62% of parents were unaware of the dangers of coin lithium batteries. I want to do whatever I can to protect my own children, and other children, from the horrific accidents that can occur when children accidentally swallow these batteries. After hearing Emmett’s story, (which I am sharing with you in the video at the end of the post), I am taking immediate action to prevent my children from unnecessary access to items containing coin lithium batteries:
- I have removed all books with sound from my children’s reach. Since most of these books are marketed for very young children (and children 4 and under are most likely to swallow these batteries), I will only allow access to these books with adult supervision. I will not be allowing the boys to have these books in their rooms unsupervised and I will surely not be giving any books requiring coin lithium batteries as gifts in the future.
- I have checked our remote controls and removed the ones that contain coin lithium batteries from reach.
- I plan to store my keys out of reach of my children in the future…I have 2 key fobs that contain these batteries on my key chain.
- I have removed the “kiddie watches” from the playroom and am checking for other toys containing lithium batteries to put in a “supervised play only” bin until the boys are older.
Check out The Battery Controlled for more information regarding the dangers of coin lithium batteries and tips for what you should do if your child accidentally swallows a battery. Also, join us Tuesday, September 24 at 12 noon EST for the #BatteryControl Twitter party where you can learn about the 4 S’s of battery safety and win great prizes. Follow your hosts @theMotherhood, @CooperMunroe, and @theMotherhood25 and tweet with the hashtag #BatteryControl to participate! I’ll see you there!