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What should you do if a 2 year old child swallows a coin? She is acting normal.

What should you do if a 2 year old child swallows a coin? She is acting normal.

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 difficulty, can swallow food, and has no pain the coin has probably passed to the stomach and watchful waiting is indicated.
You should check stools for several days. Most coins up to the size of a nickel will pass in the stool over no more than five days. During that interval any abdominal pain, swelling, or vomiting may indicate intestinal obstruction by the coin and should be considered an emergency. ...Read more

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What happens if a child swallows a coin while I am babysitting? Should I call the parents or er?

What happens if a child swallows a coin while I am babysitting? Should I call the parents or er?

ER ASAP: A child swallowing a coin needs to be dealt with immediately, regardless of how the child is acting. It needs be xray'd to ensure it is not stuck in the in the esophagus or even worse in the airway. This can be seen on a lateral xray. If it is a battery, it needs to be removed immediately! So if it happens, call the parents asap and if the child is having trouble breathing call 911 first. ...Read more

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My 3 year swallowed a coin 3 days ago. An xray confirmed it passed to his stomach. No coin in stool. He now has diarrhea & mucus. Another trip to ER?

My 3 year swallowed a coin 3 days ago. An xray confirmed it passed to his stomach. No coin in stool. He now has diarrhea & mucus. Another trip to ER?

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 a problem ...Read more

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Should I take my 7 year old son to hospital he has just swallowed a one pound coin?

Should I take my 7 year old son to hospital he has just swallowed a one pound coin?

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 care. ...Read more

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I'm feeling constipation. Also lately I've lost the ability to feel when I'm full so I eat until I can't swallow anymore food.?

I'm feeling constipation. Also lately I've lost the ability to feel when I'm full so I eat until I can't swallow anymore food.?

Squatty potty: You are not brainless to eat till you burst your belly. Stop overeating.if you are stressed at school or work or home, see a psychotherapist. If you are overweight, see a doctor for help. DO NOT SIT ALL DAY. WALK 10000 STEPS DAILY AND SLEEP BY 10 PM daily. Do not waste your life eating and focusing on eating. If you are eating too much all day, ITS SOMETHING TO DO WITH YOUR SLEEP which might be POOR SLEEP ...Read more

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Can I have a barium swallow with chronic constipation?

Can I have a barium swallow with chronic constipation?

Yes, no problem: Drink plenty of fluids the day before and after the study, eat fruits and vegetables or drink prune juice afterwards. The amount of barium swallowed is not all that much and it isn't really likely to be a problem. ...Read more

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Pain on my back from my shoulder blades down to the sides of my lower back when I swallow. I also have been constipated on and off and wonder if there?

Pain on my back from my shoulder blades down to the sides of my lower back when I swallow. I also have been constipated on and off and wonder if there?

Constipation: Your symptoms could be indicative of many things. Consult a local physician or schedule a live consult on HealthTap to probe the issue more in depth. ...Read more

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My 3 yrs old daughter swallowed a coin. She seems to be fine so far. Should I consult doctor?

My 3 yrs old daughter swallowed a coin. She seems to be fine so far. Should I consult doctor?

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 without choking, has no abdominal pain and is not vomiting or having bleeding or diarrhea, then you can watch and wait. If she has any of those symptoms then have her seen. ...Read more

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I've been constipated for 2 or 3 weeks and I have gas. I'm burping excessively hurts when I swallow eating or not. What's happening and how to fix?

I've been constipated for 2 or 3 weeks and I have gas. I'm burping excessively hurts when I swallow eating or not. What's happening and how to fix?

Is this new?: Dear DerrickA, these constellation of symptoms require more questions and probably a physical exam. I would suggest a visit to the doctor. This could be many things but seems to involve your gut. Good luck. Sorry I cannot be of more help. ...Read more

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I have pain in left side of neck trouble swallowing I fainted - palpitations with constipation, irregular heart, is this my vagal nerve inflamed?

I have pain in left side of neck trouble swallowing I fainted - palpitations with constipation, irregular heart, is this my vagal nerve inflamed?

See your physician: Would like to give you some meaningful advice but it would be impossible for a physician to do so on the basis of such limited information. Generally people don't get inflammation of their vagal nerve. Your symptoms require in in office visit to a good Internist for proper diagnosis and treatment. Please don't waste your time trying to self-diagnose on the internet...you will just confuse yourself ...Read more

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Why does it feels like I can barely swallow and it feels like I got something stuck in my throat. I know I have been constipated I can't get food to go down and my esophagus getting real tight sometimes

Why does it feels like I can barely swallow and it feels like I got something stuck in my throat. I know I have been constipated I can't get food to go down and my esophagus getting real tight sometimes

Dyspagia: Dyspagia (difficulty swallowing) is a worrisome symptom and warrants medical evaluation right away. Please schedule a visit with your doctor. You will likely need a special test called a barium swallow or an endoscopy. These tests will allow the doctor to visualize your upper GI tract including your esophagus in hopes of finding out why you are having difficulty swallowing. In addition you will be evaluated for possible allergies, and even acid reflux as a cause.
Please see your doctor as soon as possible.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Days I have a sore throat and it is very painful when I swallow I have been feeling dizzy all day and I am bloated and constipated what's wrong with me?

Days I have a sore throat and it is very painful when I swallow I have been feeling dizzy all day and I am bloated and constipated what's wrong with me?

Probable infection: For significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician ; get a strep throat test ; culture. Antibiotics are imperative for strep throat. Try saltwater gargles. Mix tsp of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle w this several times/day. You can gargle w aloe vera juice a couple of times per day. A mix of chamomile tea w honey ; a small amt of lemon juice helps. ...Read more

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If child swallowed a penny a week ago, would it have passed through by now?

If child swallowed a penny a week ago, would it have passed through by now?

Yes: But you may have missed it in the child's stool. An xray is the only way to be sure, however most coins will pass on their own. Ask your doctor if an xray is needed. ...Read more

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My child (2 years old girl) is taking pomegranate and guava for some days. Now she is suffering from constipation. What might be the reason?

My child (2 years old girl) is taking pomegranate and guava for some days. Now she is suffering from constipation. What might be the reason?

Fluid intake: If the only change in her diet has been the increase intake of guava and pomegranate, then it is most likely that she needs more water or fluid intake, as both fruits have a good source of fiber and can make the stool bulky but need water to move it through the intestine. Some children this age will purposely stop the urge to have BM if they have experienced pain or are being potty trained. ...Read more

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My 2months child is constipated for 5dayz now, she is crying like ther is a pain on her abdomen, I breastfeed her, I tried to gave her warm water, plshelp?

My 2months child is constipated for 5dayz now, she is crying like ther is a pain on her abdomen, I breastfeed her, I tried to gave her warm water, plshelp?

Breastfeeding: Your baby is not constipated. Breastfed babies can have a stool with each feeding, go once a day, or sometimes don't go for as long as a week. If your baby is having difficulty you can give her a bottle of baby prune juice or insert a glycerine suppository in her rectum. ...Read more

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My friends baby is 1month & 3week old & has not been pooping for a couple days now, she's not constipated so what's wrong? Please help

My friends baby is 1month & 3week old & has not been pooping for a couple days now, she's not constipated so what's wrong? Please help

Nothing wrong: If your friend is breast feeding, the infant can have stool with each feeding, go once a day, or go as a week without having one. All normal. If bottle fen baby can go from one to three days with no problem. ...Read more

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I started eating cardboard box when I was 5 months I'm now 9 months pregnant and still eating it I'm always constipated wil this harm the baby?

I started eating cardboard box when I was 5 months I'm now 9 months pregnant and still eating it I'm always constipated wil this harm the baby?

Wood pulp & adhesive: Utilized in making cardboard are clearly not researched or approved food options, thus unknown yet not likely wise. Like many life options, consequences to you & children will likely be delayed & not obvious until way into the future & still confusing. How about studying Ben Carson's book: "Think Big: Unleashing Your Potential for Excellence" http://goo. Gl/J4sf1X & dramatically improve your life? ...Read more

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I started my 3 month old on baby food 2 days ago. Now he's constipated. What can I give him to unconstipate him?

I started my 3 month old on baby food 2 days ago. Now he's constipated. What can I give him to unconstipate him?

Constipation: Either a small amount 1-2 oz of water or 1/2 strength Apple juice may work. Occasional use of a pediatric glycerin suppository or Vaseline on a rectal thermometer may also help. It is early to start solids so you may want to wait another month. All the best. ...Read more

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I recently introduced a bit of solids to my 5month old baby. Pureed vegs en fruits-about a tbs in 2 of his feeds. He now seems constipated. Help?

Common problem: Any change in feeds can trigger a change in stooling. The most constipating include rice cereal, bananas& applesauce. The effect can be reduced by reducing volume, or adding loseners like prune juice or apple juice. Solids at this age are not meant to replace breast milk or formula as much as teach a new feeding skill. ...Read more

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Had a baby almost 3 months ago and now I have serious constipation?

Had a baby almost 3 months ago and now I have serious constipation?

Constipation: Increase fiber. You can try colace (docusate sodium) 100mg 2x a day and senna 8.6 mg 2 at bedtime. ...Read more

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My 2 month old baby had diarrhoea, I was feeding him both breastmilk and formula. Then I stopped the formula and now he is constipated. Please help.

My 2 month old baby had diarrhoea, I was feeding him both breastmilk and formula. Then I stopped the formula and now he is constipated. Please help.

Common with breast: Milk to have constipation, don't worry, if you need to supplement, try a different brand of formula, introduce little amounts in the beginning then advance, if your baby is growing and passing urine fine, he/ she will be fine, keep following up with your pediatrician, good luck ...Read more

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My baby was admitted on fri night with gastroendreitis he's now constipated what can I do to help him he's in loads of pain?

My baby was admitted on fri night with gastroendreitis he's now constipated what can I do to help him he's in loads of pain?

Call Pediatrician: Seek professional advice from someone who knows your child and his/her situation as best / safest answer. Depending on baby's age, a glycerin suppository might be recommended to help things move. ...Read more

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When can I start to brush my baby s teeth. She s now 13 months old. And what if she swallows some dentiftice is there a problem?

When can I start to brush my baby s teeth. She s now 13 months old. And what if she swallows some dentiftice is there a problem?

As soon as teeth: As soon as that first tooth arrives, a parent should start caring for it. Simple in the beginning with a 2x2 gauze or wash cloth, but as more teeth erupt, one should be transitioning to a tooth brush and tooth paste. In fact, I supervised my own children's brushing well into their early teens. As far as swallowing toothpaste, a little is not bad and if no Fluoride is in your water, even beneficial. ...Read more

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Constipated for a long time now and depended on enema, laxative, etc. Now pregnant with 2nd baby and seriously constipated. Help!

Common problem: Constipation is a common problem in pregnancy. It is safe to use a fiber supplement, probiotics, a stool softener like colace, or a gentle laxative like miralax (polyethylene glycol). My concern is that the constipation was happening in between pregnancies (when things should have been getting back to normal). I'd like to know if your doctor has checked your thyroid function levels. Hypo-thyroid can cause constipation. ...Read more

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Normally constipated with no BM for 3wk but now stools are loose, burning anus, and dark black. Looks like baby meconium. What do I do?

Normally constipated with no BM for 3wk but now stools are loose, burning anus, and dark black. Looks like baby meconium. What do I do?

See your doctor: Constipation with no BM for 3 weeks is a concern. In addition, now black tarry stools are concerning for blood - make an appointment to see your physician and be evaluated. ...Read more