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Health Tip: Batteries May Be Dangerous for Kids

Keep devices with batteries away from children

(HealthDay News) -- Batteries may look tempting to young children, and are hazardous if swallowed.

The Safe Kids Worldwide website offers these suggestions to help protect kids from batteries:

  • Make sure all devices containing lithium batteries (including remotes, hearing aids, calculators, thermometers and musical greeting cards) are out of a child's sight and reach.
  • Place a piece of tape over the battery compartment to make it more difficult for children to get to the batteries.
  • Store any extra batteries out of children's reach.
  • Make sure babysitters and family members are aware of the dangers of batteries.
  • Immediately take your child to a hospital if you suspect that a battery has been swallowed.
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