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to think that my child may have swallowed this battery... any docs/nurses to help?!

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Crackopenthebaileys Sun 26-Jul-09 18:24:59

19 month old was playing with the digital thermometer, taking her dollies temerature etc. I look back up and the back is open, and one battery is missing. Hubby and I have turned the room upside down looking for it, and it seems to have disappeared!

Omg, what the hell do I do? Am I being over anxious in thinking that she may have swallowed it? Or should I get down A&E pronto?
She showed/shows no sign of dicomfort, choking, dribbling, etc, but I'm really concerned she may have swallowed it!
It's one of those round watch type batteries, inbetween the size of a 10p and 5p coin.........

fanjoforthemammaries7850 Sun 26-Jul-09 18:28:15

I think you should go to A and E, i'm afraid, batteries can be very dangerous if swallowed, they can X-ray her to make sure!!

UndertheBoredwalk Sun 26-Jul-09 18:28:50

If there's a chance she could have swallowed it I think you're going to have to get her checked, I don't think it will have any immediate effects, but batteries have nasty chemicals in don't they, and could do some damage to her. She may need to be x-rayed to check?

Thunderduck Sun 26-Jul-09 18:29:16

A&E.

Northernlurker Sun 26-Jul-09 18:29:28

When swallowing small things choking is the big risk - she hasn't choked so you're over that hurdle. If you go to A&E I think they may x-ray her to establish where it is and then if it doesn't (ahem) reappear in a few days they can x-ray again. It's sealed so it won't do her any harm - it's not like a tablet that can dissolve and release it's contents in to her.

Why don't you ring NHS direct and ask what they recommend, keep an eye on her whilst you do this. Don't worry, sure she will be fine.

fanjoforthemammaries7850 Sun 26-Jul-09 18:30:37

From what I have just read batteries can cause severe burns to the oesophagus.

NOT trying to scare you but this is why I would get her checked out:

www.2thedeuce.com/news/kdvr-battery-death-052809,0,5566967.story

Crackopenthebaileys Sun 26-Jul-09 18:30:46

will ring nhs direct now.... good idea thanks

EccentricaGallumbits Sun 26-Jul-09 18:31:38

Batteries - A&E

tryingtobemarypoppins Sun 26-Jul-09 18:32:29

A&E hun. Don't panic, let us know how you get on.

UndertheBoredwalk Sun 26-Jul-09 18:33:24

batteries can corrode in the stomach so makes no difference if its sealed at all. Can be very dangerous I think and do internal damage.
I would tbh just go straight to A+E NHS Direct horendously busy last few times I've called them over last few weeks.

Crackopenthebaileys Sun 26-Jul-09 18:34:15

unable to take call due to swine flu.... off to a&e we trot!
Will let you know!

fanjoforthemammaries7850 Sun 26-Jul-09 18:35:46

good luck, I'm sure all will be fine smile

LIZS Sun 26-Jul-09 18:36:59

It'll probably be fine if it has reached her stomach (assuming it has been swallowed) but worth checking.

Boys2mam Sun 26-Jul-09 18:45:51

I'm sure it'll turn up in the daftest place, but its better to be safe than sorry.

Crackopenthebaileys Sun 26-Jul-09 18:54:05

boys2mam is the winner......

We were just getting ready to leave, gave bubba a clean bum, and battery promtly pops out of the front of her nappy!
We assume it had dropped down the front of her vest. Scary moment which has taught me to keep the thermometer firmly in the first aid box!

Thank you all so much, I don't post often but I knew I'd get the advice I needed here smile

fanjoforthemammaries7850 Sun 26-Jul-09 19:00:48

oh that is fantastic news, glad you found it! smile

FabBakerGirlIsBack Sun 26-Jul-09 19:02:58

That is good.

If it happens again don't bother with nhsdirect, they really are rubbish ime. Just go to A&E.

Thunderduck Sun 26-Jul-09 19:03:32

Glad to hear she hasn't swallowed it after all.smile

difficultdecision Sun 26-Jul-09 21:24:21

Glad she hasn't swallowed it.

Batteries and foreign coins (uk ones are ok as long as they reach the stomach) are the two dangerous (non-tablet) things to swallow and can cause serious harm in some cases so always A+E for those.

qwertpoiuy Sun 26-Jul-09 21:29:15

Thank goodnes for that OP - what a relief!

Boys2mam Mon 27-Jul-09 13:36:14

I love it when I'm right grin

Glad to hear all is well.

oldnewmummy Mon 27-Jul-09 14:18:36

Why are UK coins "Ok" but foreign not? (Since I live overseas foreign more likely to be swallowed).

Servalan Mon 27-Jul-09 14:29:44

Glad all is OK.

A&E would have been the place otherwise. At our local A&E they have this metal detector thing that they use to see if anything metal has been swallowed.

suwoo Mon 27-Jul-09 14:39:59

Also curious to know why foreign coins are dangerous?

Random.

lottiejenkins Mon 27-Jul-09 14:56:14

My ds swallowed his hearing aid battery a few years ago, that was a swift trip to casualty! It stood out as clear as a bell on the xray, im assuming it has now passed out!!

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