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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
Depends how small: Anything smaller than a cm or 1/2 inch should pass without incident. If it is bigger than that or develop any symptoms please visit an emergency room. Do not try to induce vomiting as reching and heaving with a sharp object can cause more damage. ...Read more
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
I accidentally swallowed a fake plastic tongue piercing what do I do? Will it pass or what should I do? I still feel it going down very slow!
It should pass: It is most likely it will pass in the end. The only way you are going to know for sure is to look for it. An x-ray will show it if it still present but is probably overkill without symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I swallowed a small plastic thing by accident from a clothing tag, that keeps the tag in place so it doesn't come of, what are the risks?
Probably: small if the piece does not have sharo edges ir a hook. Keep your eyes wide open for any discomfort ...Read more
I swallowed a small round thin transparent piece of plastic a month ago. In the ER they took a cat scan; an ENT scoped 2x. They can't find it. Help!?
It should pass: This type of non-organic matter will likely pass through the entire digestive tract eventually without harm. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I accidentally swallowed a piece of chipped plastic cup. It got stuck up high in my throat but was dislodged when i ate. It still feels uncomfortable and sometimes painful first in my chest and now in my upper abdomen
You : You should consider seeing a GI doctor who can look down there with a scope and see if it is still scratched. Ask your pcp for a recommendation. ...Read more
If my son has swallowed several plastic puzzle pieces then will I need to do anything to get it out?
Foreign Body : I'd tend to err on the side of caution and start by seeing your pediatrician for evaluation and advice. What will happen depends on your son's age, any previous history of swallowing other objects and what if any symptoms he is experiencing, related to swallowing the pieces. Are the pieces flat or 3-d? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Call doc...: If not sharp, and truly small, will pass most likely pass through bowel without problem. Sharp, pointy, large objects can be a real problem.Call your doc to fill in on the details. Sometimes, simply clinical follow up, sometimes, xray, sometimes fished out with endoscope, sometimes surgery if a blockage. Can't tell here. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Anything tiny and non-toxic that is small enough to be ground off a guard by teeth activity, if undigestable, will pass harmless through your GI tract and be eliminated in your stool. Don't give it a second thought. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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