Battery Ingestion (cont.)
Battery Ingestion Causes
- Disk battery ingestion most commonly occurs in children younger than 5 years
of age (61.8%) and in elderly people (10.3%).
- Common scenarios of ingestion involve young children swallowing their own hearing aid battery or eating batteries lying loose after they were removed from a device. Other times, the batteries are mistaken for a pill and ingested.
- Occasionally, people accidentally swallow a battery because they hold it in their mouth when changing
a watch battery. Only a very small number of people intend to commit
suicide by ingesting disk batteries (1.3%).
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