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What Happens If You Swallow 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
While eating with a plastic fork, i accidently bit off one of the sharp ends and swallowed it. Very small. Only like 3mm but it's sharp. Is this ok?
Two days ago, I swallowed a small piece of plastic which was broken from a fork I was using. Would it be harmful to my body? Would it get digested?
It could be: Harmful, as if it was sharp, it could have damaged your intestinal tract ranging from your esophagus all the way to your colon. But if it was a very small piece, more than likely it became encapsulated by your stool and at this point, you've likely already pooped it out. You can't digest plastic. At this point, you need to monitor for abdominal pain. If you develop pain reach out to your doc. ...Read more
Asparagus: For most, a small piece will transit out without difficulty within 3-4 days. If you consume some asparagus, especially in the stringy soupy form, it will form a congeal around the foreign object and soften the edges. Little kids swallow all sorts of stuff and my pedi-surgeon friend used this to help avoid having to go find them surgically. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably no worry: If he didnt choke on it and he just swallowed it than it should just pass without worry. ...Read more
Usually not: If it made it to the stomach, it should eventually pass in the poo in a few days.If the kid can drink fluids without choking, it made it to the stomach. A pedi surgeon liked to feed the kids stewed okra because if forms a soft bond with the foreign object and helps it move through the gut without scraping the walls. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My 14 month old son swallowed 3/4 of an inch of plastic fork.He current has no breathing/swallowing problem, but this happened 2 hrs ago.What do I do?
Confusing question: You are not clear which end of the fork was swallowed, but do say the kid is now swallowing fine. This small piece could hang in the stomach exit and trigger vomiting or pass on through. A pedisurgeon advised feeding these kids stewed okra, which forms a gell around the sharp edges and helps propell the object trrough the gut. You could have him seen or feed him okra and wait to see what happens. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What will happen if I accidently swallowed a piece of a plastic wrapper from a popsicle? How do I know that it is in my body system? Please help.
Watch for symptoms: When you swallow something that is small usually the body gets rid of it in your stools. However, if the object is significantly large it might cause intestinal obstruction which requires immediate evaluation. You might present with abdominal pain and difficulty passing stools. If you are presenting symptoms please consider going to the ED. ...Read more
I accidentally swallowed a small piece of Plastic off an icee wrapper trying to make a small whole what will happen Iam suppose to have a bypass in 3?
Swallowed plastic: It will pass.Get a more detailed answer ›
I swallowed a tiny piece of plastic from a pen by mistake because, it may have been sharp as it broke off, will this do me harm?
I think i swallowed a small piece plastic( thats from the noodles) what can I do to make it go down or am i ok.? What should I do.?
Should be fine: This happens often. Don't be concerned. Bread bag ties have gotten trapped in the gut and been found years later. Smaller things pass easily. ...Read more
I swallowed a rectangular piece of plastic about 7mm by 2mm from a disposable food container (recycle 1)? What are the risks? What should I do?
I might have swallowed a 1 cm square plastic piece from a orange juicer in the last 2 days since I saw the breakage only today. What should I do ?
3yr old swallowed sharp plastic shaped in a "t" about 1" x 1.25".Ped said wait till pass. Any danger symptoms to look for?If doesn't pass, tx options?
Probably will pass: Even odd shaped things swallowed will usually pass. The most important thing is that it did not get stuck in the bak of the throat, but he would be coufging or gagging. Plastic won't usually show up on xray but it is important to make sure it passes in his stool. Rarely things can get stuck in the bowel wall, but unlikely. I have seen open safety pins pass, so look in the stool. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I accidentally swallowed a small piece of plastic (the end of a pen bit but not the nib) I swallowed it and can breathe fine but can feel it (no pain)?
Do not worry: If you swallowed it, not inhaled it, there is no reason to worry. It will come out of the other end on its own. ...Read more
If my son has swallowed several plastic puzzle pieces then will I need to do anything to get it out?
Depends: On how big they are and whether they have sharp edges, and whether he becomes symptomatic with drooling or vomiting or pain. He should be evaluated in your local ER ASAP. He may need an urgent upper endoscopy to remove the pieces before they travel out of the stomach and either get stuck or injure the bowel. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I may have, not certain,swallowed a very small amount of plastic, it was not heated, from a TV Dinner?
Not to worry: While I don't recommend swallowing plastic, our bodies can not digest plastic, so it should harmlessly pass out of your body in your stools. It is possible a large amount could create problems by producing an obstruction, but I can't imagine a very small amount causing any trouble... ...Read more
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