Children’s electronic toys have to follow safety regulations these days and have screw-down battery covers or a battery hatch which is difficult for a youngster to undo, but those musical Christmas cards and those annoying musical hats are not covered by this legislation. Quite easy for a small child to ingest one of those batteries.
These musical Christmas cards and musical hats have Button batteries and these are shiny and attract our young children and they are easily swallowed and can kill a child within hours of ingestion if not detected and taken to the A&E department immediately.
Another recent fad that’s gathering momentum across the country is these small powerful magnets and children use these magnets to mimic cheek and tongue studs that come with disastrous consequences if swallowed. Been a big increase in admissions over the year and most A&Es are seeing at least one a week now.
Hospitals across the UK are noticing an increase in children swallowing button batteries and small magnets with some being fatal.