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Hi JnM - I googled "unbreakable tv remote control" and found a couple that might work.
amazon has at least two that I saw that you may be able to program to the tv set needed, and look rated fairly well...
Universal Big Button TV Remote - EasyMote | Backlit, Easy
Use, Smart, Learning Television & Cable Box Controller, Perfect for
Assisted Living Elderly Care. Black TV Remote Control
If I let DH have the remote he can’t operate it, starts pressing random buttons, and ends up messing everything up. After having to call Tech Support a couple times to get the remote reset I finally learned my lesson. So now I am the official channel changer and volume controller around here. A bit of a hassle but still better than the alternative. I do let him have a remote for the TV in his bedroom, since he likes to watch late at night. But all buttons except the power button are covered with tape, so I have to select a channel and adjust the volume when I get him set up for the night.
I also had to hide the remote for his lift chair. Best case he would try to use it to operate the TV, worse case I’d walk into the room and he’d have managed to engage the lift function and be raised up and about to fall out on his face. So I’m the official recliner operator as well!
Get the Flipper TV remote!
Super easy to use, and may head off the frustration that's causing your LO to throw the remote in the first place. I got one for my mom after she started having difficulty with her regular TV remote, and she loves it.