Toddlers explore the world through experimenting, feeling the objects within their reach, touching them, throwing them and sometimes even swallowing them. The only way to protect them is constant vigilance.
So, when the child swallows something, what does one do?
If the object swallowed is not sharp then it will most likely pass through the gut of the child. So, keep a watch on your child’s poop.
If your toddler swallows something like a penny, chokes his or her throat then the obvious first thing to do is call the emergency helpline for support to get to the hospital or just drive and rush to the emergency ward of the closest hospital.
Meanwhile, if your child is breathless, fainting, looking dizzy and is in a condition which you think demands attention then try the following:
– To support your toddler during choking, stay calm and sit on a chair keep him or her on your legs facing downwards. Then pat between his/her shoulder blades so that the object is thrown out. Do not put your finger in your child’s mouth to assess the object as this might push the object further down the throat leading to more problems.
– If your child is fainting, try engaging him/her in some conversation to keep him/her conscious until you get professional help.
The doctor on assessing the situation may advise an x ray. If the object is hazardous and stuck in the esophagus then the doctor might suggest an endoscopy procedure where the child is administered with anesthesia and a thin wire like chord is passed down the throat to pluck the object out.
Nonetheless, it is always advisable to keep such objects out of the reach of our little explorers. So, watch out for any coins/pennies, toys with sharp ends which might chip off and prove to be harmful for the kids.
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