How is pediatric foreign body ingestion prevented?

Updated: Oct 04, 2018
  • Author: Gregory P Conners, MD, MPH, MBA, FAAP, FACEP; Chief Editor: Dale W Steele, MD, MS  more...
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  • Parents and other caregivers of children should be cautioned about leaving small objects where young children may find them and place them into their mouths. This is especially common at times of unusual activity, such as parties, holidays, when visitors are present in the home, or during travel.

  • Button batteries have become an increasingly common source of morbidity and even mortality as their use has increased in recent years. Special care must be exercised around their use in toys and other objects to which children have access, when they are discarded, and when stored around the home. [15, 34]

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