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will stomach acid dissolve a plastic ziplock type pouch? he accidentally swallowed the tiny plastic bag of candy that was meant to decorate a cookie.

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Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
Likely not: The bag is not that easily digested but a small one may well pass through without causing any obstruction. Need to take him to the ER if he starts vomiting and complains of severe abdominal cramps.

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I'd really like to know how much stomach acid is in the stomach?

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How can you tell if you have your stomach acid level is high or low?

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