Doctors warn parents about 'button' batteries

June 30, 2011 (CHICAGO)

Button batteries are often used in common household items like remote controls, flashlights, or even musical greeting cards. One of the children suffered a perforated esophagus.

"If we're going to prevent the injury by removing the battery, we have a really narrow timeframe. So this is another case where prevention and awareness is key," said Dr. Steve Krug, MD, Children's Memorial Hospital.

Doctors say battery-related incidents causing severe injury or even death have increased sevenfold in the last 25 years.

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