A male asked:
Disclaimer

My 5 year old (he turns 6 tomorrow) just swallowed a 1 CM diameter magnetic marble from a game. Should i worry, or will it just pass?

1 doctor answer
Dr. CHERYL COLDWATER
37 years experience in Pediatrics
Call your doctor: A single magnet is not immediately dangerous, but when there is more than one, it can be quite serious. Strong magnets can stick together in the intestines causing erosion of the lining, perforations, and other emergencies. Call your doctor so a x-ray can be done to find out where the magnet is and insure that there is only one! advise your child never to put magnets in his mouth!
Answered on May 17, 2013
1
1 thank

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month

Related questions:

A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
35 years experience in Pediatric Pulmonology
Emergency room: The size and composition of the magnet are of concern. Most likely there will be no complications, but an evaluation is indicated. Please see the emer ... Read More
1
1 thank
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clarene Cress
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes, if swallowing..: is a problem, she continues to complain of pain in the chest in the region of the breast bone, the narrowest area of the esophagus, or she has any pr ... Read More
1
1 thank
A female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
No worry: This is one of the more innocuous things she might swallow and should pass easily within 3-5 days. I wouldn't worry about it.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keith Ramsey
35 years experience in Adolescent Medicine
Not dangerous: 10mg of Loratadine would not be harmful for a 1 year old.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month