While it’s always a terrifying experience when a child chokes on a foreign object the outcome is almost always better when the adults in the situation remain calm according to Dr. Saad Saad. If the child is under 6 years old, simply hold them upside down by their legs and firmly use your hand to pat on their back to loosen the object enough for them to cough it up. If the child is older, the Heimlich maneuver can be implemented. If these methods do not work your child should be seen by a medical professional as fast as possible.
Some of the objects that Dr. Saad Saad’s patients have had lodged in their throats are coins, toys, and even jewelry. These objects can be identified by either an x-ray or a scope in most cases. Doctors can even get an idea of when a coin has been swallowed by what color it is upon removal. If the coin is still shiny, it was swallowed for less than 8 hours. If the metal has darkened, it’s been in the patient for at least a day while rust indicates around a month!
Among the most interesting things that a patient has had to have removed under Dr. Saad Saad’s care is an entire toothbrush! When the child was seen by Dr. Saad Saad, he complained of abdominal pain that was located by the chest, which is unusually high. The patient insisted that he hadn’t swallowed anything, but the X-ray showed that the 14-year-old was being less than honest when they found the object. The toothbrush was lodged in the patient’s esophagus and Dr. Saad Saad still isn’t sure how he managed to swallow the whole thing. Fortunately, he was able to remove the toothbrush from the child without any permanent damage.
Dr. Saad Saad has been helping keep children healthy for more than 4 decades in his career as a pediatric surgeon. During his career, he has helped royalty along with the poorest members of society through his many acts of philanthropy. With a background in engineering and medicine, he has also created inventions to help make procedures better for medical staff and their patients. One of these, an alteration to the endoscope is especially useful in aiding patients who have an object lodged in their throat. This endoscope replaces the standard anti-fog port with an irrigation and suction system that greatly improves visibility.
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