Parents warned that “potentially lethal” button-operated Christmas toys for children

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NHS England warns parents to keep toys with button batteries out of the reach of children after a girl almost dies when swallowing one.

Small circular batteries have been labeled “potentially lethal”, as they can burn through a child’s throat if accidentally ingested.

Button batteries are used to power many popular gadgets and toys, some of which will be given away this Christmas.

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Batteries are also commonly found in some gaming headphones, holiday lights, illuminated yo-yos and physical activity trackers.

The medical director of NHS England, Professor Stephen Powis, said: “For young children, button cells can look sweet and are found in anything from toys to Christmas musical cards and festive decorations, so we want to make sure that parents are aware of the dangers of these potentially lethal batteries. ”

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