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    Default Swallowing foreign objects

    DD2 has never, ever been one to put things in her mouth, but apparently she swallowed a small, metal nut (like off a bolt) the other day. I didn't see it happen, but DD1 told me as soon as DD2 did it, DD2 said she put it in her mouth and swallowed it, and there is a nut missing that I cannot find.

    I called 13HEALTH and talked to a nurse and she said just to watch her and check her poos to make sure it comes out. Then after 3 days if it hasn't been passed go to the Dr as we may need to get an xray done to see where it is.

    Anyway, it is day 4 now and I have been searching poos but still no sign of the offending nut. Anyone else been in a similar situation? Would love to hear others stories.

    I am already struggling with this pregnancy as it is, and the stress of worrying about DD2 and this metal nut lost somewhere inside her body is going to do my head in! Planning to make appt at Dr tomorrow if nut does not show up in the meantime (but I really have my fingers crossed it deos!)

    Any advice and reassurance much appreciated! TIA!

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    Yeah, I swallowed a coin and despite poo sifting my parents never found it. I went for an X-ray and no one could find it then either (but I definitely swallowed it because it was found on X-ray a few days prior). Somehow it had escaped my body unnoticed, and I didn't beep when I went through the metal detectors at the airport, lol.

    How big is the nut?

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    A few months ago my 3yr old swallowed a 5c coin. I called health direct and was told that it happens a lot and coins are pretty safe (batteries or magnets are bad). The nurse told me just to monitor DD and only see a DR if she had tummy pains. She even said not to worry about checking poos and that it would pass eventually, probably un-noticed.

    I think I would probably call again and see what they say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bell & Bug View Post
    Yeah, I swallowed a coin and despite poo sifting my parents never found it. I went for an X-ray and no one could find it then either (but I definitely swallowed it because it was found on X-ray a few days prior). Somehow it had escaped my body unnoticed, and I didn't beep when I went through the metal detectors at the airport, lol.

    How big is the nut?
    The nut is smaller than a 5c piece. It's 10mm across and 5mm thick, no overly sharp edges.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tootiredtosleep View Post
    A few months ago my 3yr old swallowed a 5c coin. I called health direct and was told that it happens a lot and coins are pretty safe (batteries or magnets are bad). The nurse told me just to monitor DD and only see a DR if she had tummy pains. She even said not to worry about checking poos and that it would pass eventually, probably un-noticed.

    I think I would probably call again and see what they say.
    No pains or discomfort for her at all so i suppose thats a good sign.

    Searching the poos is more difficult than I thought, and yuk! I am a bit paranoid that I am going to miss it - there are plenty of hard little chunks in there! TMI - sorry!

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    DS swallowed a plum pit a while ago. I got given the same advice as you and I never found it despite going through his poo. When I called back after 4 days I got told that unless I was putting the poo through a sieve I most likely missed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abiishu View Post
    The nut is smaller than a 5c piece. It's 10mm across and 5mm thick, no overly sharp edges.
    Usually if it's a bit bigger than a 5c coin (i think) they are concerned as it can cause blockages but I think you would be pretty safe. The coin I swallowed was between a 10c coin and 5c coin size so they were worried it would cause blockages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnysmama View Post
    DS swallowed a plum pit a while ago. I got given the same advice as you and I never found it despite going through his poo. When I called back after 4 days I got told that unless I was putting the poo through a sieve I most likely missed it.

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    Hmmm, I have not been putting it through a sieve. Just squishing my way through it with some gloves on looking for hard lumps. Hope I haven't missed it or I'm stressing over nothing.


 

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