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Batteries in mouth!

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laketaupo Thu 19-Oct-17 15:39:08

AIBU to worry about turning up to pick up my 2 year old from nursery today and discovering that he had a battery from a torch in his mouth which he had been sucking and eating ?! Do I go to OFSTED on this one or deal directly with the nursery staff who did know he was doing it !

Caulk Thu 19-Oct-17 15:40:15

What did the nursery staff say when you spoke to them about it?

alwaysontimeneverlate Thu 19-Oct-17 15:41:15

Sucking a battery. Wtf did they say to explain that.

It would be ofsted for me and he wouldn’t be going back

LapinR0se Thu 19-Oct-17 15:42:22

Christ almighty. OFSTED complaint, letter to the nursery, withdraw your child

Aquamarine1029 Thu 19-Oct-17 15:43:55

Omg, this is insanely serious. Are you ABSOLUTELY positive he hasn't swallowed one?? This is deadly if he did. I would be taking him straight to hospital for an xray if I were you, and I don't get worked up about too much. But this is very serious.

laketaupo Thu 19-Oct-17 15:45:55

It was a battery a bit like in a tv remote , long and round not a tiny circular one but still.
They just said that with some toys it was really easy to get the backs off them and into the battery compartments! Another Mum took a sneaky pic of him doing it , so I do have some evidence I suppose. He's only been there since Monday so not sure what to say about it all.

MissionItsPossible Thu 19-Oct-17 15:46:01

or deal directly with the nursery staff who did know he was doing it

OP was that a typo and did you mean they didn't know or that they did? Either way it's completely shocking, I suppose it just makes it worse if they were aware that he was doing it and didn't stop it. That's insane.

laketaupo Thu 19-Oct-17 15:47:34

I've had to change his hours today as they are struggling to keep their ratios correct too many 2's in the mornings and not enough staff etc. The manager said herself that it's hard to keep an eye on all of them as they don't have the right number of staff -well as we know 2 year olds are devious creatures so be more bloody careful!

Taylor22 Thu 19-Oct-17 15:47:44

I would go scorched earth!
I'd bring it up formally with every member of staff, contact OFSTED, publicly inform every fellow parent at the nursery I know and be moving nurseries!
That is a disgusting lack of attention.

Awwlookatmybabyspider Thu 19-Oct-17 15:48:57

Good Lord. Please get him out and keep him out, and yes definitely definitely definitely put in a complaint to Ofsted and The safe guarding officer. This is beyond shocking

laketaupo Thu 19-Oct-17 15:49:31

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

laketaupo Thu 19-Oct-17 15:50:26

A battery like this shape

OvertheSargassoSea Thu 19-Oct-17 15:53:17

That could have been broken and potentially leaked into his mouth causing sever burns. Second they should have picked this up and removed said toys. If they can get the backs off. Complain and then change nursery asap! X

MistyMinge Thu 19-Oct-17 15:53:23

I'd be fuming. They shouldn't under any circumstances have any toys out that do not meet CE standards i.e. You need a screwdriver to get batteries out. That shows a massive lack in safeguarding. If he had swallowed it and no one knew it could be too late by the time you did. Let ofsted know.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Thu 19-Oct-17 15:56:35

I'm so glad I'm not a mum of a young child now, are batteries that bad ?blush I'd have taken it out of his mouth for sure but 'deadly'?

I'm sure we use to lick them in the 70's...

Aquamarine1029 Thu 19-Oct-17 15:57:01

I am still worried that he might have swallowed one. That's a AA battery, and it wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility to swallow one. That's why they are supposed to be inaccessible to small children, because the risks and consequences of swallowing them are so dire. My child would NEVER be going back there.

Aquamarine1029 Thu 19-Oct-17 15:58:51

@DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen

Google children swallowing batteries and educate yourself. I grew up in the 70s and luckily we've progressed since then.

LoniceraJaponica Thu 19-Oct-17 15:59:15

"They just said that with some toys it was really easy to get the backs off them and into the battery compartments!"

I thought children's toys had battery compartments that could only be accessed with a screwdriver.

They should not allow these toys in the nursery
They should have supervised properly

I would have gone ballistic. The safeguarding team at the local authority would have a field day with this nursery.

laketaupo Thu 19-Oct-17 16:01:34

It's a preschool attached to a primary, newly opened. A fellow mum was outraged to find that her son had a bruise on his forehead this morn from an incident yesterday at nursery where another child hit her child , but which she wasn't informed about /no accident form signing etc.
Quite a few red flags.

LoniceraJaponica Thu 19-Oct-17 16:01:59

"are batteries that bad ?blush I'd have taken it out of his mouth for sure but 'deadly'?"

Yes they can cause serious damage. The button batteries can burn a hole in the oesophagus if swallowed. They are alkaline and very caustic.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Thu 19-Oct-17 16:02:12

Google children swallowing batteries and educate yourself. I grew up in the 70s and luckily we've progressed since then

It's alright,I'll take your patronising word for it.

OP, hope all is ok.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Thu 19-Oct-17 16:02:45

LoniceraJaponica

Thank yousmile

laketaupo Thu 19-Oct-17 16:17:23

Part of me thinks oh it'll be fine , but then the other bit of me thinks god what if he's internally being poisoned!

Ofsted, call them today, no drama just give them the facts because in my experience this will be the tip of the iceberg, please protect the other children and parents by reporting. Use your photographic evidence. Its really not okay.

laketaupo Thu 19-Oct-17 16:29:30

I only have a picture of him with it in his hand though , is it still worth showing that?

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