Button batteries, plastic toys and coins: how to treat children who ingest foreign bodies
More children and teenagers are attending emergency departments due to ingested foreign bodies
- Most cases of stuck or ingested foreign bodies in children are fairly minor but some cause critical emergencies
- A growing number of teenagers and young adults swallow items as a form of self-harm
- Keep in mind the possibility of objects being swallowed when treating a child with sudden and acute abdominal pain
Picking up a small toy or coin and swallowing it – or poking it up their nose or into their ear – is a common reason for many small children ending up in a hospital emergency department (ED).
While most cases of stuck or
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