Warning over batteries
Families are being urged to be aware of the danger of button batteries – commonly found in toys, remote controls and car fobs – following the death of a child who had swallowed one.
The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch said the small, round batteries can cause serious harm and even death when swallowed.
The warning comes after the safety body began an investigation into the death of a child who swallowed a button battery earlier this year.
Although the inquiry has not yet been completed, it said the evidence gathered so far has been compelling enough to issue the safety message in time for Christmas.