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Kids can still breathe after swallowing coin-sized batteries

Parents, caretakers and babysitters should be aware and check all electronics for loose batteries. Parents, caretakers and babysitters should be aware and check all electronics for loose batteries.
After two and a half hours, it burned the hotdog and left a circle. After two and a half hours, it burned the hotdog and left a circle.

(WMC-TV) - A hidden danger could be in your children's Christmas presents, and it could be deadly.

Coin-sized batteries often found in mini remotes, flameless candles, bathroom scales and other household items look harmless, but that's not the case for a curious child who likes to put everything in his or her mouth.

When swallowed it gets stuck and the salvia causes a chemical reaction where intense burning of the esophagus can happen.

In an video report, the Action News 5 Investigators bought a pack of hot dogs to show how quickly the battery can react. We cut a slit in a hot dog and placed the battery inside.

The hotdog and juices imitate a child's throat; within 30 minutes that hot dog was turning black and the battery acid bubbling.

After two and a half hours, it burned the hotdog and left a circle.

"It doesn't take very long ... A child isn't going to tell you that they swallowed that. And there aren't gonna be very many symptoms immediately so when the parent or caregiver notices that it happened, it could be almost too late," said Susan Helms with Le Bonheur Safe Kids.

She says parents, caretakers and babysitters should be aware and check all electronics for loose batteries.

Experts say kids can still breathe with the coin lithium battery in their throat. So it may not be not be obvious at first that something is wrong. If your child swallows one then go to the emergency room immediately.

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