Kids Swallowing More Small Batteries

American VoicesOpinion ISSUE 48•36 Sep 3, 2012

A new CDC report found a surge in the number of children treated for ingesting the button batteries used in small devices like toys, watches, and hearing aids, with the nationwide figure rising from 1,900 in 1998 to 4,800 in 2010. What do you think?

  • “That’s why I tell my kids to chew their batteries thoroughly before swallowing them.”

    Cynthia Zuckerman –
    Hypnotherapist

  • “Here’s a little trick I like to use: Just cover all of your batteries in a little bit of Tabasco sauce.”

    Tony Fitzgerald –
    Mattress Spring Encaser

  • “Teeny tiny little kids eating itsy-bitsy batteries? Aw, that’s so cute I can’t stand it!”

    Saad Ahmed –
    Outpatient Admitting Clerk