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Dr. Saad Saad Gives Advice for When Children Swallow Objects

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Dr. Saad Saad, a skilled pediatric surgeon who has spent the last four decades helping more than 1,000 children get foreign objects out of their tracheas and esophagus, was recently featured in the Medical Daily Times article “Hard to Swallow Advice from Dr. Saad Saad.” The article, written by BJ Harrington, reveals advice on what to do if your child swallows a foreign object.


Dr. Saad Saad has helped children as young as six months to teenagers as old as fourteen. Many children will get foreign objects stuck in their food pipes or windpipes. He reveals that because young children are particularly curious and often stick things into their mouths, they are at risk for swallowing something that will get stuck. Though most of the time, if a child swallows a foreign object it will simply pass through without any serious complication. However, sometimes the object will become stuck in the food pipe or will end up in the windpipe.


Parents should be aware of the symptoms of a foreign object being stuck in the throat. Dr. Saad Saad reveals that these include trouble swallowing, wheezing and trouble breathing. There are several objects that are at high risk for getting caught in the throats of young toddlers. Parents should be particularly mindful of peanuts, hot dogs, and coins. The larger objects like the hot dog and coin will get caught in the food pipe. However, it is just as dangerous for a small object like a peanut to get stuck in the windpipe. For example, if the child gets a peanut stuck in his or her windpipe, they are at risk for severing infections like pneumonia. This can occur when the peanut breaks down into smaller fragments and become lodged in the lung.


Parents should also be aware that if their child is younger than 6-years-old, they can often get the object unstuck by turning them upside down and patting their backs. Often, gravity will work in their favor and the stuck object will come right out. When the child is older, the parent can perform the Heimlich maneuver. This is accomplished by standing behind the child and wrapping your wrists around their waist just under the rib cage. The force of thrusting your hands will help a child cough the object out. However, if neither solutions work, it may be time to take the child to the emergency room. Saad also warns that parents should never attempt to remove the objects with.

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