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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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I just swallowed a small piece of a plastic fork. What should I do?

I just swallowed a small piece of a plastic fork. What should I do?

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

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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?

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 more

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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 more

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If my son has swallowed several plastic puzzle pieces then will I need to do anything to get it out?

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 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...

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 more

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Is swallowing pieces of plastic from night guard for grinding teeth dangerous?

Is swallowing pieces of plastic from night guard for grinding teeth dangerous?

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 more

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