Button batteries are small, shiny, coin-shaped batteries. They're used in devices
like watches, toys, remote controls, flameless candles, holiday decorations, and hearing
aids. They're dangerous for toddlers and kids, who easily can put them in their mouths,
ears, or noses.
A button battery put in a child's mouth can get stuck in the windpipe and block
breathing. Chemicals in the batteries can cause serious burns when swallowed or stuck
in the body. A swallowed button battery or one that's stuck in the nose or ear can
cause a very serious injury.
A swallowed button battery or one in the nose or ears is an emergency.
Safe Battery Storage & Use
Store all batteries where kids can't see or reach them. Recycle or throw out used
batteries properly. Many communities have battery drop-off bins where you can take
Make sure all battery compartments are securely closed with a screw. Do not give
a child any toy if the battery compartment can be opened easily.
Watch kids carefully whenever they use devices containing batteries.
What to Do if There's a Missing or Swallowed Battery
A button battery stuck in the body is an emergency.
Go to the
ER right away or call 911 if a button battery is missing or you think
your child might have swallowed a battery. Don't wait until you see the signs
of a swallowed button battery before getting help.
If it's quickly available, give 5–10 ml of honey on your way to the ER,
but only if:
The battery was likely swallowed in the last 12 hours.
Your child is 12 months old or older, not allergic to honey, and is acting normally.
If you can, call the national poison control hotline (1-800-222-1222) for help
on your way to the hospital. But do not delay getting your child to the hospital
to make the call or find honey.
Tell the nurses and doctors in the ER that you believe your child swallowed a
button battery. An X-ray can show if the battery is in your child's body.
Don't make your child throw up. The battery could cause injury on the way out.
Don't let your child eat or drink except for the honey.