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My Child Has Swallowed A 5p Coin
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
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
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
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?
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
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
As a child I used to swallow toothpaste instead of rinsing it out. Would it have done any damaged to my body?
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?
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
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
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
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
Probably no worry: If he didn't choke on it and he just swallowed it than it should just pass without worry. ...Read more
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
What do I do if my child swallows little pieces o hard plastic? It's almost like glass but not...
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
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
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