The occurrence of a young child swallowing a foreign object is quite common. However, on most occasions in which a child happens to swallow a foreign object, the object in time is eliminated out of the child’s body without doing any harm to the child. On some occasions, the foreign object gets stuck either in the trachea or the esophagus causing such ill effects as trouble reading, trouble swallowing, and wheezing. If one of these signs are observed, particular prescribed actions must be taken immediately to cause the foreign object to be emitted out of the child’s body. If the child’s age is under 6, it is preferred that the kid be held upside down by his or her to legs and the child’s back be tapped. If the child’s age is over 6, it is preferred that the Heimlich maneuver be performed on the kid. If neither of these maneuvers result in the production of the desired effect, kid must be rushed to the emergency room. It is never advised that an attempt be made to scoop the foreign object out of the child’s body as this often results in the foreign object being blocked further and pushed down further.
Batteries and peanuts rank very high in terms of the most dangerous foreign objects a child can swallow. This is the case in that batteries are liable to ooze out the acid contained therein, while peanuts are certain to expand when it is soaked by the liquids in the lungs. What’s more, attempting to take out the peanut with a tweezer frequently occasions the fragmentation of the peanut and its scattering throughout the lungs. Dr. Saad Saad’s recommendation to parents with young kids are as follows: Kids under the age of two should not be permitted to consume hot dogs given that hot dogs are the ideal size to thoroughly block the esophagus; and kids under the age of seven should not be permitted to consume peanuts.
Dr. Saad Saad is a very accomplished U. S. Board Certified Pediatric Surgeon, whose current work status is retired. Before his much-deserved retirement after 47 years of service as a pediatric surgeon in which he helped over 1000 distressed young children with their difficult situation of having a foreign object stuck inside them, Dr. Saad Saad was the co-director and surgeon-in-chief of K Hovnanian Children Hospital. Prior to that, Dr. Saad Saad was the pediatric surgeon to the kids of the Saudi royal family. Dr. Saad Saad attended medical school in Egypt, specifically the Cairo University, where he completed his study of medicine finishing second in his class. Before Dr. Saad Saad applied himself to the study of medicine, he lived in Kuwait as a Palestinian refugee. Learn more : https://www.doximity.com/pub/saad-saad-md