Duracell batteries taste bitter
If you do not have an uncontrollable urge to put a battery in your mouth every time you see it, then young children do. Therefore, parents will be delighted to hear that Duracell has made its smallest coin cell batteries less dangerous for children.
Many people don’t know that swallowed lithium batteries can burn a child’s esophagus in two hours and lead to surgery. long-term recovery or even death.
“Deaths and severe burns to the esophagus or respiratory tract and subsequent complications have been reported, even in patients who initially had no symptoms after swallowing a battery “- reports the US National Poison Control Center. “These catastrophic consequences occur when batteries get stuck in the esophagus, usually in young children.”
Batteries with a diameter of 20 mm are especially dangerous, since this is the approximate width of a child’s esophagus. Duracell will now apply a bitter coating to its 2032, 2025 and 2016 lithium batteries. According to the manufacturer, the bitter taste will help keep children from swallowing the batteries if they put them in their mouths.
The clear, non-toxic coating will not affect for battery operation. These three sizes of batteries will be offered in a Child Secure Pack, which Duracell claims is virtually impossible to open with bare hands.
Lithium batteries are one of the common reasons for seeking medical emergencies. A study published in May 2019 in the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics reported that children under the age of six who were treated in US emergency departments between 1995 and 2015 were the most common foreign objects to swallow batteries.
While the bitter taste is likely to scare a child away, it is best not to rely entirely on this innovation. Store batteries of all sizes out of the reach of children.