Call 911 if the person is:
- Having trouble breathing
1. Get Help Immediately
- Call the National Battery Ingestion Hotline at 202-625-3333 (collect, if necessary) or Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222, or go to your local emergency department.
- If possible, bring the battery package or a matching battery.
- In most cases, you will be advised to get an X-ray immediately.
2. Keep the Person Safe
- Do not induce vomiting.
- Do not let the person eat or drink until an X-ray has been done.
3. Follow Up
The next steps depend on the X-ray results.
- If the X-ray shows the battery is in the esophagus, it will be removed immediately with an endoscopy.
- If it shows the battery is in the stomach, the person may not need medical treatment. Call your doctor if the person develops fever, abdominal pain, vomiting, or blood in the stools.
- An X-ray may be needed after 48 hours or more if there was no immediate treatment.