Small batteries big hazards for kids

A singing greeting card might be fun for a child, but the small battery inside could be life-threatening.

A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Consumer Product Safety Commission says 14 children aged 13 and under have died, and more than 40,000 have been injured from the small, coin-sized batteries found in many toys, electronics and singing greeting cards.

An ABC News report said children who ingest the batteries show symptoms such as severe abdominal pain or vomiting, but burns, ulcers and severe damage to the esophagus or gut have already happened by the time symptoms appear.

A bill introduced last year by Sen. Jay Rockefeller IV, D-W.Va., would require all products with button batteries to be childproof. The CPSC said parents should never let kids play with batteries and take caution to make sure they are disposed of properly. If you think your child swallowed a battery call the national batteries ingest hotline at (202) 625-3333 or the national universal poison control hotline at (800) 222-1222.

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