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

Seems reasonable: The diarrhea may 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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What will happen if a child swallows soap?

What will happen if a child swallows soap?

Usually harmless: Most soaps are nontoxi. If you feel your child has ingested a significant amount, give them milk or water to dilute the soap. Call 911 for vomiting and diarrhea. ...Read more

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What will happen if the 2 years old child has swallowed a tamarind seed?

What will happen if the 2 years old child has swallowed a tamarind seed?

Likely nothing: The seed in its natural form has a hard coat that is likely to prevent any digestion as it passes through the kids GI tract over 3-4 days. In some parts of the world it is consumed as food, though removing the hard coat makes it a difficult seed to enjoy. As far as I can tell, there are no toxicities related to its ingestion. ...Read more

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Is it easier to swallow soft gels or tablets? My child has problems with pills.

Is it easier to swallow soft gels or tablets? My child has problems with pills.

If same size...: If same size soft gels are easier, but sometimes you need a bigger softgel than a pill for the same dose of medication. ...Read more

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Please help. My child is only living on liquids. He say his scared to swallow and when he wants to swallow it feels like he is gonna choke. Please, hel?

Please help. My child is only living on liquids. He say his scared to swallow and when he wants to swallow it feels like he is gonna choke. Please, hel?

Needs eval: An evaluation by a child psychologist or therapist is in order. The kid may have developed a significant phobic reaction to an event where he did choke & returning to normal function may take some de-conditioning. ...Read more

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What do I do if my child swallowed glass?

What do I do if my child swallowed glass?

Emergency room: I would take your child to er immediately because glass can cause bleeding in the esophagus or stomach as it travels down. ...Read more

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How can a child swallow pills more easily?

How can a child swallow pills more easily?

Gradually: Some children can swallow pills without any problems, but others need training. The easiest way to teach a child to swallow pills is to gradually have them swallow bigger and bigger candy objects (for example: nerds-->mini m&m's-->large m&m's) without chewing, with water. Also, have them put their head back to swallow pills and forward to swallow capsules. ...Read more

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How do I teach my child how to swallow pills?

How do I teach my child how to swallow pills?

SWALLOW PILLS: If child is old enough to swallow pills, just tell him to put the pill at the back of his throat followed by swallowing plenty of water. ...Read more

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When a child swallows a safety pin, where does it end up?

When a child swallows a safety pin, where does it end up?

Hopefully pin closed: Hopefully the safety pin was "closed" when swallowed, because it will end up in the child's gastrointestinal tract. It would be best to consult a physician or surgeon to see whether the pin needs to be removed surgically, or whether it can be allowed to pass with the child's stool. Please go to your nearest urgent care or emergency room. ...Read more

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What is the dosage for a child, 88 lbs., can't swallow a pill?

What medicine?: Infant or child can swallow liquid or elixir or crushed pill in honey or apple sauce. But talk to your Pediatrician before giving any medicine. ...Read more

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What can you do if your child swallows a marble and seems just fine?

What can you do if your child swallows a marble and seems just fine?

Watch for it: Watch the stool. If you don't find it in a week, call your doctor to discuss a xray. More important, make sure the glass was noy "leaded glass" as this could be very serious. ...Read more

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What's the risk to a child who swallowed a little water from a public pool?

What's the risk to a child who swallowed a little water from a public pool?

No additional risk: Being in pool water allows the contact of possible germs with mucous membranes, so if there's someone nearby with a viral illness, you're exposed. Drinking the water doesn't really change that risk, especially a small amount. ...Read more

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My child swallowed a small plastic tine from a plastic fork! Do I need to worry!?

Probably no worry: If he didn't choke on it and he just swallowed it than it should just pass without worry. ...Read more

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I swallowed large amounts of gum as a child. Could this cause any problems as an adult?

No: As with food products, gum too will pass through the gut without problem. Some studies have shown chewing gum to be effective in reducing symptoms of gastric reflux (heartburn). But there have been no studies showing that swallowing gum is problematic. ...Read more

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Child swallowed own tooth dangerous?

Child swallowed own tooth dangerous?

Probably not: As long as it was swallowed it should pass without any problem. If you notice coughing or airway issues see a md for a possible chest x-ray. ...Read more

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Is it an okay if a child swallows a tooth?

Is it an okay if a child swallows a tooth?

Yes: Swallowing a baby tooth is not a problem. It will just pass out no differently then a watermelon or sesame seed. Just have them write the tooth fairy a note so that they still get a reward for losing their tooth. ...Read more

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What happens if your child swallows his tooth?

What happens if your child swallows his tooth?

No problem: It passes through just like the bug they ate when younger. ...Read more

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About a child swallowing a balloon; what happens to it?

About a child swallowing a balloon; what happens to it?

Usually nothing: Swallowing balloons can be dangerous for infants and young children because it can get caught in the back of the throat and block the airway. But if fully swallowed it should pass easily through the GI tract. Keep balloons away from young children and infants. ...Read more

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What would happen if child swallowed a tiny magnet ball?

Probably nothing: If it were a single magnetic ball, it would pass "in the end." the real problem might occur if one or more such balls were swallowed. They could stick to one another within the lining of the digestive tract and cause a necrosis of the gut at the point where they have attracted/adhered to one another. ...Read more

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Will my 5th grade child get sick from swallowing a some chewing gum about every other day?

Unlikely: Chewing gum is essentially undigestible debris that will pass trhu the digestive tract and be expelled without problems. The myth that it will somehow "gum" up the system is just that, a myth. ...Read more

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What do I do if my child swallows little pieces o hard plastic? It's almost like glass but not...

What do I do if my child swallows little pieces o hard plastic? It's almost like glass but not...

Emergency room: It is depends on your child age, if your child swallowed a hard plastic-but was it sharp, what it small, what is the size. It does not have asharp edge but small circle, body can excrete it.However, it is best to take your child into er to get evaluiate. ...Read more

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When a child swallows forgien objects what noises would it make if it were stuck in the "wind pipe"?

When a child swallows forgien objects what noises would it make if it were stuck in the "wind pipe"?

Choking then...: The child can be seen to be choking while eating something like popcorn or nuts or after putting some small item in the mouth. This should be treated as illustrated. If there is onset of coughing with some breathing difficulty and wheezing the foreign body has been aspirated and the child should be immediately taken to the nearest emergency room. ...Read more

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How many days can a sick child go without eating? My 3 Year old has not eaten in almost 7 days she says she cannot swallow I have had her to her pedi

How many days can a sick child go without eating?  My 3 Year old has not eaten in almost 7 days she says she cannot swallow I have had her to her pedi

7 days is too long: If your child cannot eat she needs to be seen again. There are many causes of an inability to eat but the only way to assure it is not serious is to examine her and possibly do some testing. I am assuming she can take in liquids or she would have become seriously dehydrated by now. Please take her back to her doctor or to the nearest urgent care clinic for an examination. ...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. A xray is the only way to be sure, however most coins will pass on their own. Ask your doctor if a xray is needed. ...Read more