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What would happen if you swallowed a pound coin

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Dr. Florence Nwofor
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes. It is rather: urgent especially if child has throat or chest pain. It is important to determine the location of the coin and evaluate the risk of aspiration. Take c... Read More

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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Basics: If it made it into her stomach, she will readily drink fluids and if so there is no emergency. A trip to a clinic with x-ray capability could verify t... Read More
Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Watch and wait: If she is not having any trouble breathing, swallowing or eating, you watch and wait. Check her stools to make sure coin passes within 2-5 days. If su... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Allen Menkin
Pediatrics 58 years experience
If : If your child is in pain, has difficulty breathing, or cannot swallow you have an acute emergency. If your child is not having any respiratory diffic... Read More
Dr. Gary Gorlick
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 55 years experience
Medical : Medical attention is needed with this history if: you are sure a coin was swallowed and there is abdominal pain or vomiting or refusal to eat or dr... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Maybe/not: If the kid can drink. the coin (if there is one) made it to the stomach so there is no urgency. If not, it may have hung up in the swallow tube & ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Pediatrics 56 years experience
Foreign body: You should inform the parents immediately. If the child is choking or coughing, call 911. If the child does not seem to be in distress, stay calm and ... Read More
A 64-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatric Pulmonology 36 years experience
Observe: Provide fluids and fiber in his diet. If there are any respiratory problems, cough, fever or GI symptoms, please see your physician. Batteries in the ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Ramsey
Adolescent Medicine 36 years experience
Probably: If the coin is a nickle or smaller then it should pass without problem. If a quarter it could get stuck. If she can drink water and eat solid food w... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Go to hospital: Take you son to the causality department of the nearest hospital, immediately. Wish you and your son good health!
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 36 years experience
If it's anything except a quarter, in a 4 year old, this will pass. Quarters are a bit different- in her age they can get stuck at various places down... Read More
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Dr. Paul Velt
Diagnostic Radiology 42 years experience
Seems reasonable: The diarrhea my be diet or illness. But it is important to be sure the coin has passed and is not stuck and obstructing the colon. This can also cause... Read More

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