Being a parent comes with a whirlwind of emotions- overwhelming love, pride, enjoyment, despair and worry. And each feeling intensifies with every subsequent child.
Idea Design Studio’s Upcoming Inventor, Shaina Watkins is a mother who knows all about it. She has two beautiful children, a 3 yr. old daughter and a 1 yr. old son, whom she considers to be her greatest accomplishments in life.
With two toddlers in the house, it is an understatement to say that Watkins is constantly on her toes. She is always worrying about them getting into something dangerous. Being a mother with hearing loss, she is required to have small button batteries in her hearing aids. When taking them on and off, it is all too easy to lose track of one.
According to the C.D.C (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and a study spanning the years 1997-2010, around 40,000 emergency room visits for children under 13 yrs. old were related to ingesting batteries. Out of those cases, more than half were caused by button batteries.
Knowing how many children are harmed each year from swallowing them, Watkins takes extra measures to ensure hers are kept out of reach. Initially, she would keep them up high when not in use, but because they are small and easy to mishandle or drop, she began thinking of safer ways to be able to store and dispose of them. Unbeknownst to many parents, these batteries are not only used in hearing aids but can be found in many household items including, cell phones, remotes, garage door openers, toys, cameras, watches, calculators, thermometers, music greeting cards, handheld video games, toothbrushes, etc.
Once Watkins had her idea, she reached out to Idea Design Studio, an invention help firm in Miami, Fl, and started working towards making her invention a life-saving reality for everyone.
I feel that my idea will greatly reduce the number of small children admitted to the ER each year from accidentally swallowing button batteries. I am a mother with a hearing loss and I use these small button batteries in my hearing aids, dealing with them daily.
I would like to see my product sold everywhere batteries are sold. I have great expectations that my product will spread awareness of how dangerous small button batteries can be and the need to safely handle them.
When Watkins isn’t busy with Idea Design Studio, trying to make the world a little safer for her children, she can be found enjoying activities like camping, hunting, fishing and snowmobiling with her husband and family.