The Dangers of Button Batteries

What are the dangers of button batteries? In this video, Dr. Jesse Vrecenak, a Pediatric Surgeon at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, tells you what exactly button batteries are. In addition, she goes over why it’s so dangerous when children ingest button batteries. Find out what to do if you suspect your child might have swallowed a button battery. Finally, learn why it’s so important to react quickly to a possible ingestion and some other tips for button battery safety.

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