A button battery lodged in the Oesophagus is a medical emergency as it can cause necrosis and significant GI bleed – Refer immediately
If anybody is symptomatic after button battery ingestion they need referral to the Surgical team for urgent endoscopic removal
- Respiratory difficulties
- Abdominal Pain
Honey is administered to coat the battery and delay the onset of alkaline burns that occur in the adjacent tissues when a button battery is lodged in the oesophagus. This should only occur in children older than 12 months with an intact swallow mechanism as honey is not safe below 12months.