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. The battery should pass through their stool. However, if they are back home and develops fever, abdominal pain, vomiting, or blood in the stools, go to the emergency room immediately.
- An X-ray may be needed after 48 hours or more if there was no immediate treatment.