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Doctor insights on: Swallowing A Battery

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I didn't swallow a battery, but what would the doctors do if it happened?

I didn't swallow a battery, but what would the doctors do if it happened?

Depends on location: If the battery reaches the stomach, it will be allowed to pass through the body. If it becomes lodged in the throat or esophagus, it must be retrieved to avoid the caustic erosion and possible perforation of the pharynx (throat) or esophagus. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia.

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This didn't happen and hopefully never will but I've been reading dangers of toddlers swallowing button batteries. How soon would symptoms show and what?

This didn't happen and hopefully never will but I've been reading dangers of toddlers swallowing button batteries. How soon would symptoms show and what?

Sudden colic: It is hard to define the delay before symptoms as ingestion is often unrecognised. Abdominal cramps/pain/sudden change in behavior may be your only signs. The button battery generates an electrical current that can destroy tissue and the battery eats through the wall of the stomach or intestines. This allows digestive debris including germs to leak into the inside of the body. Disaster is predicatble.

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If 2 yo swallowed disc battery 9 days ago would I see symptoms by now? No proof he did. He has a cough/cold from before that and some dk brown stool. Worry?

Confirm or??: The toxicity of a button battery varies with the location and the residual power left in the battery. Weaker batteries would take much longer than new ones to erode thru the gut and produce a catastrophic event. A simple xray of the gut could confirm its presence. Most would pass thru a kid in 3-5 days. I can screen for these in the office with a small metal detector from harbor freight.

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What happens if someone swallows a aa battery?

What happens if someone swallows a aa battery?

Caustic: Battery ingestion should always be evaluated on an emergency basis. The battery leakage results in caustic injury and possible death. In addition the size alone could cause a blockage.

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What should you do if you swallow a button battery?

Go to emergency room: Button battery can cause severe problems in the esophagus, including perforation.

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My son swallowed a "aaa" battery. Is it dangerous?

My son swallowed a "aaa" battery. Is it dangerous?

Yes: There are many toxic elements in a AAA battery -- you need to get him evaluated.

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I have a daughter who is 3 years old, she swallowed a aa battery. Is it dangerous?

I have a daughter who is 3 years old, she swallowed a aa battery. Is it dangerous?

Yes: The size of the aa battery is quite large for the anatomy of a 3 year old child. She could develop serious problems in trying to pass something that size into her stool. She should be seen at the nearest children's emergency room for imaging and intervention.

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Confused. So, if a baby swallowed a toxic button battery that burnt holes in GI tract, how would it be possible to not see symptoms 1 wk post ingestion?

Confused. So, if a baby swallowed a toxic button battery that burnt holes in GI tract, how would it be possible to not see symptoms 1 wk post ingestion?

Not that common: Button batteries are bad because the electric current does cause chemical burns in the GI tract. However, it usually only happens if the button is stuck somewhere. If a button keeps moving around and eventually out the anus, there may be no symptoms. Batteries that don't get stuck in the esophagus (and cause burns) usually pass through without burning any holes, but doctors do follow-up carefully.

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I accidentally swallowed a dime. What should I do?

Swallowing a Dime: Usualy a dime will pass through without any ill effects. Are you sure it was a dime - if it was a thin wafer-type battery it could cause lots of harm.?

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What is air swallowing?

What is air swallowing?

Natural event: Burping is caused by air that you swallow. Most of us don't swallow air on purpose. But eating air is easier to do than you might think. You can increase the chances of swallowing air by: smoking, chewing gum, drinking through a straw, sucking on hard candies, drinking a lot of carbonated beverages and eating or drinking quickly.

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Why does it hurt to swallow?

Why does it hurt to swallow?

There isn't too: Much info here. You could have inflammation or an infection. Or significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician ; get a strep throat test ; culture. Antibiotics are imperative for strep throat. Try saltwater gargles. Mix tsp of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle w this several times/day.

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Can boric acid be swallowed?

Can boric acid be swallowed?

Won't recommned this: Any acid can potentially cause burning in mouth, throat, lung or gastrointestinal tract. The potential scaring from this acid can lead to strictures which can cause obstruction in the body.

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What can a dry swallow mean?

What can a dry swallow mean?

Dehydration/meds: There are several causes of dry mouth and dry swallowing. It can be that you are not drinking enough water, or too much caffeine or alcohol (both of the are dehydrating). It can also mean that you are taking medications that are drying like antihistamines. It may also be from high sugars so check with your doctor for exam and labs.

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How could I swallow a big pill?

How could I swallow a big pill?

Consult pharmacist: I would consult with your pharmacist because it depends on what it is. Some tablets are scored and can be cut. Some capsules can be emptied and sprinkled. Some times there is an alternative to the large pill for that particular med (i.e., liquid form or taking more pills of a lower dosage). Your pharmacist can advise you of safe options. Take care.

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How can I help swallowing pills?

How can I help swallowing pills?

Try this...: You can try either crush the pills and put them in some applesauce or juice. If their size and shape presents a problem, try first with something similar in size (such as a skitles or m & ms). Finally, also eliminating their scent (by closing off you nose, for example) can help facilitate the swallowing of a pill; good luck!

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How do I swallow a pill properly?

How do I swallow a pill properly?

Use water: First put some water in your mouth and hold it, then put the pill in. Bounce the pill in your mouth then swallow!