Dr. Saad Saad is a professional pediatric Surgeon. He has been in the industry for more than 40 years. He has been able to remove objects from the trachea and the esophagus in children. Dr. Saad Saad has helped more than 1,000 children in the course of his career.
These children were between the ages of six months to fourteen years. It is common for children between these ages to play with objects. Some of them end up putting these objects in their mouths and swallow them unintentionally.
According to Dr. Saad Saad, kids are always curious and want to use their mouths to taste things that they are not supposed to test using their mouths. This is mostly the case when it comes to young children. That is why the “terrible twos” is the worst moments for any parent. Learn more about Dr. Saad Saad: http://medicaldailytimes.com/medical-inventions/life-saving-medical-inventions-dr-saad-saad/3570/ and https://chronicleweek.com/2018/04/dr-saad-saad-medical-missions/
In most cases, the objects that kids swallow will go through the food pipe into the stomach without the kid experiencing any severe complications. However, sometimes the object will be stuck in the food pipe and go through the windpipe accidentally. This can bring about trouble swallowing, trouble breathing as well as wheezing.
Some of the examples of objects that mostly get stuck in the esophagus or the trachea are coins, hot dogs, and peanuts. Big objects such as hot dogs and coins usually get stuck in the food pipe with smaller ones being stuck in the windpipe like peanuts. The first thing to do if an object has been stuck in a child of less than 6 years is to turn the kid upside down while holding the legs. Read more: When a Child Swallows a Foreign Object – Advice by Dr. Saad Saad and Life Lessons from Dr. Saad Saad, Pediatric Surgeon
While in that position, tap their backs and the object will come out. In a case where the child is older, it is necessary to perform the Heimlich maneuver to remove the object. This happens by standing behind the kid and wrapping around their waist by your hands.
Thrust the abdomen with your hands just under the rib cage. The child will cough out the object in most of the times. However, if the maneuvers do not work, it is important to rush the kid to the hospital.
As a parent or guardian, it is essential not to try to scoop out the object after a kid has swallowed an object. Scooping the object may push the object further which might lead to further blockage and cause more pain to the child.
For the cases where the object does not come out through the simple first, an X-ray will be conducted to see the location of the object before any step is taken.
The x-ray is however not very effective since it does not detect some materials. For example, it cannot detect the position of a pea.