Well, we are still waiting here for my son to completely rid himself of the dreaded button battery that he swallowed on Friday. See the reason why it hasn’t quite passed yet was because Thursday he had a stomach virus with the dreaded “D” word where he kept running to the bathroom throughout the day. My poor child’s bottom was on fire by that afternoon and I knew I needed to get stuff to help bulk things up. So I pushed lots of bananas, Yukult, cheese, you know things you push when it’s not so great down there. Then Friday my dear child thought he took batteries to operate and despite my constant warnings not to put anything in his mouth that wasn’t food since he could …..well crawl…..the child of course did not listen. I mean children are notorious for listening to their parents “the first time” right? That’s just what they do huh? 😉
So of course my older son has a stylus to go with the iPad I let the kids use, the stylus is also a laser pointer and flashlight, the batteries fell out of the stylus and in seconds Braidy popped a battery in his mouth and then told me he swallowed a battery. This of course instantly deserved a trip to the ER where we identified the battery floating around in his stomach.
Now since then, we’ve had a follow-up appointment and the doctor wasn’t extremely concerned. Basically she said “this happens all the time”, and as long as it doesn’t get stuck in the esophagus, you simply have to wait for it to go through your child’s system. I then told the doctor how I had given my son all this stuff to help bulk things up after he was ill on Thursday and asked if I could use some laxatives and she advised against it, that it needed to come out on its own, that I would be causing more discomfort to Braidy than needed and that the real threat had passed already. However, we still haven’t located the battery, even though I’ve been going through his poop, (I know you are totally disgusted, but if you are a parent, I know you’ve been there in some capacity or another). I haven’t been too thorough with checking out what he’s eliminating partially because I’ve been too disgusted, but I thought I’d once again pass on this public service announcement:
Please please watch your child around button batteries. There is a little boy who swallowed a button battery when he was an infant. This child is now five years old, has had 65 surgeries and has had his vocal chords reconstructed from his colon, it really is nothing to take lightly at all. But the good news is if the battery is smaller than a quarter and makes it all the way to the stomach, most of these cases end well with the battery naturally being passed through the system.
Have toddlers or infant?
Double check any of your toys that take those kinds of batteries, make sure the backs are screwed on tightly, don’t leave these kinds of batteries within reach of your toddler or infant. I know you know this already, but here’s a real life reminder of how scary ingesting something like this can be and how long it can take for it to come out on its own accord.
Has your child ever swallowed something they shouldn’t have?!
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