Philadelphia LE - The dangers hidden inside your remote
Tiny batteries may cause great risk to your children.
You would never leave spare change or small parts lying within the reach of a baby, toddler, or little kid. A new study has shown that button batteries are a bigger health risk to young children due to them being easily accessible inside TV remote controls
Lithium batteries can go undetected and swallowing them can be unwitnessed.
The growing use of 3-volt 20-millimeter lithium batteries means that children also face an increased risk for internal burns. If a battery's negative pole comes within contact with the fluids in the body, a microcurrent of electricity can generate hydroxide, which burns tissue quite quickly. Once the burning begins, it may continue even after the battery is removed.
"Lithium batteries can go undetected and [the swallowing of them can] be unwitnessed," Ian Jacobs, M.D., a pediatric otolaryngologist at the Children's Hospital in Philadelphia told Medscape. "Symptoms may be rather vague respiratory symptoms easily confused with other upper respiratory problems. It's very important to have a high index of suspicion when things just don't add up."
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