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My child swallowed a Lego
And here is what I learned from Ask Dr. Sears:
Children often swallow small objects such as coins, toys, or jewelry. These nearly always pass through the intestines and are eliminated in 3 to 5 days without causing harm, in fact, I have even seen an open safety pin pass through with no problem. It is only a problem if the object gets stuck somewhere along the way.It's good to know we're not the only ones.
If your child swallowed a small object, he may have a brief episode of gagging while it travels down the esophagus (the tube running from the mouth to the stomach). If your child then is not having any signs of the object being stuck in the esophagus then you can simply observe him as directed below.
It's also a relief to know that a big drink of water and a banana can move the inside of a wheel down a child's esophagus. Hopefully it will have an uneventful trip all the way out.
I do wonder, though, how my parents knew what to do when their daughter swallowed a Ninja Turtle weapon. You know...those being prehistoric days without Google and all...
P.S. The 3 and under crowd was already jammin' in bed. That doesn't say much about our older crew, does it? :/