If you believe a child has swallowed a coin-sized lithium battery, take him or her to the nearest hospital emergency department immediately.


For more information about battery-related injuries, contact:

  • Safekids Aotearoa :
  • The National Poisons Centre on :       0800 764 766 (A free 24/7 service for all New Zealanders)



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About Safekids Aotearoa

Safekids Aotearoa is the national injury prevention service of Starship Children’s Health and a member of Safe Kids Worldwide. Our mission is to reduce the incidence and severity of unintentional injuries to New Zealand's children aged 0 - 14 years. Contact Anthony Rola at , visit www.safekids.org.nz or call 09 631 0717.

About National Poisons Centre

Safekids Aotearoa is a free 24/7 service available to all New Zealanders. It provides expert advice and information on poisoning, hazardous substances, and other related issues. The center is staffed by trained healthcare professionals, such as toxicologists and pharmacists, who can assist with poisoning emergencies and provide guidance on the appropriate actions to take in case of exposure to harmful substances.

The primary focus of the National Poisons Centre is to prevent poisoning incidents and promote safety measures to protect children and families from accidental poisonings. They also work closely with Safekids Aotearoa, a child injury prevention service, to raise awareness about child safety, including the safe storage and handling of hazardous substances.

We recommend visiting their official website or contacting them directly to get the most up to date information. If you need to contact the National Poison Control Center - Safekids Aotearoa, the emergency phone number in New Zealand is 0800 POISON (0800 764 766).

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