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Rakes Small Object (Overview)

Raking small objects is a developmental milestone that most children meet when by 7 months of age


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Ceiling tile removed and particles fell. Baby touched carpet underneath. Put hand mouth. What if she swallowed tiny amount of fiberglass?

Ceiling tile removed and particles fell. Baby touched carpet underneath. Put hand mouth. What if she swallowed tiny amount of fiberglass?

Unlikely: Unless the baby was there for an extended period of time , I would not be concerned! Vacuum thoroughly!!! and NOT TO WORRY...it will pass in feces. ...Read more

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Rakes Small Object (Overview)

Raking small objects is a developmental milestone that most children meet when by 7 months of age


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Glass canister for sugar used for coffee and cereal only. Noticed tiny nicks on inside edge where small pieces have chipped. Ingestion? Dangerous?

Glass canister for sugar used for coffee and cereal only.  Noticed tiny nicks on inside edge where small pieces have chipped. Ingestion? Dangerous?

Not particularly: We have plenty of experience with ingested foreign material from dealing with toddlers. Everything from screws and hairpins to rocks and many others.I also knew a Navy seal who put on a show at bars eating a light bulb with no long term effects. The body tends to coat any sharp edge with glue like food debris and it slips through the digestive tract.I wouldn't worry about it. ...Read more

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Can I safely remove a small foreign object my child placed up her nose?

Can I safely remove a small foreign object my child placed up her nose?

No: The problem with trying to take it out yourself is that the narrowest part of the nasal passage is right past the nostril... It's very easy to push it back farther to the point of "no return" and risk your child aspirating the object. Nasal foreign bodies are generally not emergencies and can be seen in clinic as soon as possible. The er doc can traumatize your child and cause bleeding. See an ent. ...Read more

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I have a small piece of graphite from my mechanical pencil inside my left hand how much would it typically cost to remove the small object from myhand?

I have a small piece of graphite from my mechanical pencil inside my left hand how much would it typically cost to remove the small object from myhand?

Depends: If you do not have insurance, you can negotiate some but i would assume it would be in the $250-400 range. If you have insurance, it would depend on your particular plan. ...Read more

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How to remove tiny (invisible) pieces of metal from my laceration?

How to remove tiny (invisible) pieces of metal from my laceration?

May not be possible: With a laceration (open wound), proper care involves thorough cleansing, irrigation and sometimes debridement (removal of foreign debris and any devitalized tissue) depending on the situation. It is not always possible or practical to remove all foreign material (especially if tiny and "invisible"). An x-ray may be helpful to localize metal but sometimes it is best to leave it be and follow up. ...Read more

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What would happen if you accidentally swallowed small pieces of a plastic fork?

What would happen if you accidentally swallowed small pieces of a plastic fork?

Nothing: Plastic fork pieces are non-toxic and do not have significantly sharp outside edges even if broken. Your intestines are used to reacting to sharp objects by retracting and so penetration is extremely unlikely. Swallowing pieces of plastic cutlery is probably very common and I have seen no reports about this in the medical literature. So don't worry about it. ...Read more

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Glass broke &pieces flew everywhere & might have gone in food.Can accidentally ingesting glass pieces while pregnant harm the fetus or fetus cord?

Glass broke &pieces flew everywhere & might have gone in food.Can accidentally ingesting glass pieces while pregnant harm the fetus or fetus cord?

No: If you swallowed glass it would stain contained inside your digestive tract. Your baby would be safe inside of your uterus. Swallowing glass could potentially harm your stomach, guts and intestines but it would not reach the baby ...Read more

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Do bat bites and scratches at all resemble a papercut? My tiny cut is perfectly sliced, like that of a papercut. Would a bat scratch puncture?

Do bat bites and scratches at all resemble a papercut? My tiny cut is perfectly sliced, like that of a papercut. Would a bat scratch puncture?

Bat bites/scratches: If there was any concern of a bat causing injury, please see an infectious diseases doctor for the next steps. Not all doctors (I'm afraid to say) know about rabies in bats but it is extremely important. Bats have sharp teeth, they also have sharp claws (think about hanging upside down). Make sure you clean out these wounds thoroughly then see an ID doc. Call your primary to set that up ASAP. ...Read more

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Can cilia in the lungs and bronchi remove tiny foreign objects over time? (specifically a tiny piece of my pasta may have gone down the wrong way.)

Can cilia in the lungs and bronchi remove tiny foreign objects over time? (specifically a tiny piece of my pasta may have gone down the wrong way.)

Cilia: The mucociliary elevator of the bronchi does allow for small particles to be moved up and out of the lungs. Something as large as a noodle probably will be stuck for a long time and you may need medical intervention. See your doctor. ...Read more

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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.

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.

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. ...Read more

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Im .A sutdent..Studying +1...In the class while listening a lesson....I unknowingly swallowed a small pice of cell fasters pen cap...What steps?

Im .A sutdent..Studying +1...In the class while listening a lesson....I unknowingly swallowed a small pice of cell fasters pen cap...What steps?

Shouldn't be problem: As long as small objects make it to your stomach, they will travel through your system within the next 4 days & be eliminated in your poo. Sometimes they will hang in your esophagus & immediately create problems swallowing, but if this did not happen you are fine to ignore the issue. ...Read more

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I cut my hand with a piece of glass already thrown into the garbage . A shard of glass cut through a slit open a wound that had to. Covered immediately ?

I cut my hand with a piece of glass already thrown into the garbage . A shard of glass cut through a slit open a wound that had to. Covered immediately ?

Potentially: contaminated wounds should be cleaned immediately with mild soap and water, covered with thin layer of topical antibiotic ointment, covered and then evaluated by a physician. Tetanus prophylaxis should be updated as needed and decisions regarding further treatment should be left to the physician taking into account any existing medical issues such as diabetes, vascular disease, smoking, etc. ...Read more

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Yesterday a stray dog shake itself in front of me (very near). Can rabies transmit to me via dog's saliva, through air?

Yesterday a stray dog shake itself in front of me (very near). Can rabies transmit to me via dog's saliva, through air?

Unlikely: Rabies is usually transmitted through a bite from an infected animal. It is not impossible but would be very rare to be transmitted through the air. Please see this Center for Disease Control site for further information. http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/transmission/ ...Read more

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My 2 1/2 year old chewed up and swallowed a small piece of a baby back rib bone. He had small bits left in his mouth, not too sharp. What to do?

My 2 1/2 year old chewed up and swallowed a small piece of a baby back rib bone.  He had small bits left in his mouth, not too sharp.  What to do?

Not a problem: Button batteries, pieces of jagged metal, carpet tacks,straight pins or needles I worry about, this I ignore if it makes it into the stomach.(if he can drink it went in okay). ...Read more

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