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Accidental poisoning

Every day, 15 children under 5 are admitted to hospital with suspected poisoning.

The home is full of risks to the inquisitive baby or toddler: liquitabs, cleaning products, everyday painkillers, prescribed medicines, plant food, weedkiller, antifreeze and screenwash to name but a few. Plus carbon monoxide, the ‘silent killer’, which you can’t see, taste or smell.

Contrary to popular belief, child-safe packaging is never child-proof – some children can open tops in a matter of seconds.

So it’s easy for young children to be poisoned accidentally. But it’s also easy to stop young children being poisoned.

For more information please visit:

Child Accident Prevention TrustUse this link to visit their website


Keeping children safe from button batteries

Button batteries are the small, round batteries you find in toys and everyday appliances like calculators and remote controls. They can be extremely dangerous for children, and if swallowed, can kill within a matter of hours.

Why are button batteries dangerous?

Button batteries aren’t just a choking risk. If a button battery gets stuck in the throat or gullet this can trigger the electrical charge they carry and create caustic soda (the chemical used to unblock drains!). This can burn a hole through the throat and lead to serious internal bleeding and death.

The scary thing is that your child may seem fine at first. They may not show any signs of choking or poisoning. In some cases, they may develop cold or flu-like symptoms.

Button batteries are also very dangerous if they get stuck in a child’s nose or ear.

Where can you find button batteries?

Button batteries are used in a wide range of toys, gadgets and other everyday objects you’ll find around the house. Lots of these objects have buttons and surfaces that young children love to explore and play with. These include:

  • small remote controls
  • car key fobs
  • calculators
  • thermometers
  • hearing aids
  • digital scales
  • musical cards
  • novelty toys
  • watches
  • flameless candles and nightlights.


How can I keep children safe?

  • Keep products with button batteries well out of reach if the battery compartment isn't secure with a screw.
  • Keep spare batteries out of children's reach and sight, ideally high-up in a lockable cupboard
  • Try to buy toys from reputable retailers.
  • Teach older children that button batteries are dangerous and not to play with them or give them to younger brothers and sisters.


If an accident happens

  • If you suspect your child has swallowed a button battery, act fast.
  • Take them straight to the A&E department at your local hospital or dial 999 for an ambulance.
  • Tell the doctor there that you think your child has swallowed a button battery.
  • Do not let your child eat or drink
  • Do not make them sick.
  • Do not wait to see if any symptoms develop.



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Ofsted Inspection

The Bedford Borough Safeguarding Children Board (BBSCB) is judged to be 'Good' in a report published today by Ofsted. For more details of the report and a statement by Jenny Myers, Independent Chair of BBSCB can be found here