Feb 10, 2021

3-Year-Old Accidentally Swallows Battery – Solace For Parents At The Royal Hospital For Women & Children

A 3-year-old girl was rushed to the Royal Hospital for Women & Children after accidentally swallowing a button battery. This type of battery is considered extremely dangerous and was immediately extracted. “The danger is that button batteries tend to stick to the walls of the intestine and discharge its electrical load, causing the underlying tissues to burn within a few hours and eventually may lead to a perforation in the gut.” said Dr. Souheil Shabib – Consultant, Pediatric Gastroenterology at Royal Hospital for Women & Children.

Considering the gravity of this emergency situation, the medical team at the Royal Hospital for Women & Children acted swiftly and the battery was removed endoscopically by Dr. Shabib. Thus allowing further surgical intervention to be avoided.

“Children accidentally swallow various substances and items that are attractive to infants and toddlers such as household cleaning products, coins, toys, small batteries, plastic and other items. These foreign bodies can cause immediate danger or have long-term adverse effects on the child’s health, such as blocking the airway, burning of internal organs, obstruction, perforation of the gut, and in some cases, may even carry a risk of death. It remains our responsibility as parents to ensure that these small attractive items are out of reach of our children at all times.” said Dr. Shabib.

Dr. Shabib, who leads the Pediatric Gastroenterology department at the Royal Hospital for Women & Children, is the only consultant doctor in the private sector in Bahrain catering to Pediatric Gastroenterology problems. With more than 30 years of experience in the field, Dr. Shabib is well- equipped to do diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopies, GI procedures for new-borns, infants, children and adolescents, infantile gastrointestinal tract diseases, celiac disease, helicobacter pylori infection in children and adolescents, pediatric metabolic and nutritional liver diseases and other rare and selective procedures complementing patient needs. He also provides guidance for neonatal swallowing and feeding disorders.

Royal Hospital for Women & Children is the only hospital on the island that is dedicated to the treatment of women and children. The hospital has been providing excellent and high- quality healthcare to its patients, offering a range of services across 30 medical disciplines, of which the Department of Pediatrics is an important component. The hospital holds a vision of establishing a Pediatric center of excellence, wherein patients looking for various super-specialities are treated. The department currently encompasses Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Allergy & Immunology, Pediatric Orthopedics and ENT alongside General Pediatrics and Neonatology. The hospital is keen to further expand the department with the expertise of a Pediatric Surgeon, Pediatric Cardiologist, a Child Psychiatrist and more such super-specialties to accomplish its vision to be a healthcare destination for all women and children.