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stacy2197
09-19-2007, 07:19 PM
My daughter swaloowed a luggage key do you think I need to take her to the doctor. She is 8 and is constantly putting things in her mouth. She is worse than a toddler. Anyways my husband thinks I should take her right now and they could pull it out. I think that would tramatize my overly sensitive kid. I would think it would just pass. Advice?

kpm76
09-19-2007, 07:24 PM
I would at least call the Dr right away. I would not wait for something like that to just pass without speaking to the Dr.

Snow_White
09-19-2007, 07:25 PM
I would think letting it pass would be easier than "pulling it out" since it will probably be out of the stomach very soon (how would it be pulled out of her intestines anyway?). I would ask your doctor in the morning though just to be safe.

RitaZ.
09-19-2007, 07:25 PM
My daughter swaloowed a luggage key do you think I need to take her to the doctor. She is 8 and is constantly putting things in her mouth. She is worse than a toddler. Anyways my husband thinks I should take her right now and they could pull it out. I think that would tramatize my overly sensitive kid. I would think it would just pass. Advice?

I doubt they can "pull it out". :eek: I would consult with your pediatrician to be on the safe side.

Good luck! Children sure know how to keep our adrenaline running, don't they?;) :scared1:

Hannathy
09-19-2007, 07:25 PM
When I worked in the ER the only thing they worried about was a battery because of the acid when it corroded. Something that small will probably pass right through. Possibly the embarrassment of "looking" for it will break her of putting things in her mouth. Unless it was very sharp I seriously doubt the traumatize a child with an endoscope for a tiny key. I would just watch her and if she had bad stomach pains then call the DR. I'd also increase the fiber for a few days.

crazyme5kids
09-19-2007, 07:26 PM
My son swallowed the antenna from his cell phone, he was a teen not a kid :scared: . Dummy. I kept waiting for the run to the emergency room, but that never happened.

The key is tiny so chances are it will pass, but I guess you should speak to the Dr to see what he or she advises.

Beth76
09-19-2007, 07:28 PM
When I worked in the ER the only thing they worried about was a battery because of the acid when it corroded.
That's exactly what I was told by the nurse. Have her eat some bread to make sure the key goes all the way down to her stomach. Of course you can call your doctor if you would feel better.

stacy2197
09-19-2007, 07:29 PM
It wasn't sharp at all just one of those realy gereric luggage keys. I think I'll just keep an eye on her for now. Maybe call her doctor in the morning. Thanks

scanmom
09-19-2007, 07:33 PM
Don't worry, it will pass, probably without you noticing it!! If she starts having severe abdominal pain, I would take her to the ER, but if she is acting like she is fine, then she is.
I work in a hospital, as an x-ray tech, and an ultrasound tech. We do xrays all the time on kids that swallow all kinds of things. If the object is small, not too sharp, and there is no pain, they will just let it pass.
That reminds me that last weekend a 40 year old man came in that had swallowed 3 nails... long ones! He had swallowed 2 nails in august, had surgery to remove them, and now is right back!!! some people are very hard to figure out... he was sent to surgery again, and he will be admitted to "the pavilion" once he is ready for discharge. The pavilion is what our hospital calls the psych unit!!! hope he gets the help he needs!!

clh2
09-19-2007, 07:47 PM
please call your pediatrician's office, and see what they recommend. If they don't have a 24-hour on call office where you can get an answer - see if a local hospital, or your nearest children's hospital has a call-in triage area.

BuffettFan
09-19-2007, 08:31 PM
When my daughter was 3 she swallowed a nickel.
She is my oldest, so of course we went right to the ER. (It was after hours)
Well the childrens hospital is an hour away. When we got there tehy took us right in. When they did the xrays, the nickel had already passed out of stomach, and into the intestines. So there would have been no "getting it out". It passed the next morning without any trauma.
It's just a fun story to tell her (now) teenage friends !!

manning
09-19-2007, 09:50 PM
Seems like the doctor would know best!!

SplshMtn99
09-19-2007, 09:59 PM
I have no idea in your case but it reminded of something. My mom suspected my brother of taking lots of St Joseph's baby aspirin because she found the bottle opened & almost empty. (This was decades ago). Well, a trip to the ER to have his stomach pumped ensured that he would NEVER do that again....or do it a first time if he hadn't taken them. :rotfl2:

At 8 yrs old, maybe a little trauma would teach her to stop putting things into her mouth. ;)

SwedishMeatball
09-19-2007, 10:02 PM
At 8 yrs old, maybe a little trauma would teach her to stop putting things into her mouth. ;)

I like the way you think.:rotfl:

SplshMtn99
09-19-2007, 10:04 PM
I like the way you think.:rotfl:

Maybe its a good thing I don't have kids. I don't think like most parents today. :rotfl2:

dansamy
09-19-2007, 11:56 PM
They would "pull it out" with an endoscope, which is an instrument that is feed down your esophagus. It has a light and a camera and a few instruments available to aid in grabbing/removing objects. An esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) is the correct term for the procedure. They numb the back of your throat with lidocaine spray, dope you up with versed and the doctor's choice of narcotic and go to town. You'll be awake, but sleepy and with the versed, you won't give a hoot what they're doing and won't remember most of it anyway.

CEDmom
09-20-2007, 05:16 AM
Personally I'd take her to the doctor not to get the key out but to discuss why she keeps putting non food items in her mouth. I have an 8 yo DD and if she did that kind of thing I would be really worried there was something more going on. That just isn't typical behavior for a child that old.

LindsayDunn228
09-20-2007, 05:20 AM
My dear, your child will not be traumatized by going to the doctor. Come on, now. I'd say take her and put a little fear into her. Maybe she will keep things out of her mouth after that.

Freyja
09-20-2007, 05:21 AM
LOL. Too funny. The thread right above this one (at the moment) is: What do you think causes child obesity?

But seriously, I would call the doctor and hear what he has to say. Hope your DD will be fine.

KimAshton
09-20-2007, 05:55 AM
When my daughter was 3 she swallowed a nickel.
She is my oldest, so of course we went right to the ER. (It was after hours)
Well the childrens hospital is an hour away. When we got there tehy took us right in. When they did the xrays, the nickel had already passed out of stomach, and into the intestines. So there would have been no "getting it out". It passed the next morning without any trauma.
It's just a fun story to tell her (now) teenage friends !!

Now it's a blackmail story. LOL.

louey
09-20-2007, 05:58 AM
I have no idea in your case but it reminded of something. My mom suspected my brother of taking lots of St Joseph's baby aspirin because she found the bottle opened & almost empty. (This was decades ago). Well, a trip to the ER to have his stomach pumped ensured that he would NEVER do that again....or do it a first time if he hadn't taken them. :rotfl2:

At 8 yrs old, maybe a little trauma would teach her to stop putting things into her mouth. ;)

My sister did that same exact thing, those little St. Joseph orange pills I guess tasted like candy. She ended up in the ER, this was many years ago ;)

Mermaid02
09-20-2007, 05:59 AM
My sister did that same exact thing, those little St. Joseph orange pills I guess tasted like candy. She ended up in the ER, this was many years ago ;)

They are tasty little things.

Pop Daddy
09-20-2007, 06:09 AM
I wouldnt worry about it. just keep an eye on her

jala8693
09-20-2007, 07:15 AM
My first post. Hope it goes through ok.

I swallowed a nickel when I was 3 or 4 years old. (While eating pop tarts:confused3 ) My dad shook me upside down and shoved his finger down my throat. Ended up going to the hospital the next day. They did an xray and did see it. Told my mother to dig when I "did my business each day" until she found it. She did find it and all was well.

CheshireVal
09-20-2007, 07:26 AM
She needs to go to a doctor.

I'd also want to know why she keeps putting things in her mouth. That doesn't seem like normal 8 year old behavior. :confused3

ducklite
09-20-2007, 07:32 AM
When I worked in the ER the only thing they worried about was a battery because of the acid when it corroded. Something that small will probably pass right through. Possibly the embarrassment of "looking" for it will break her of putting things in her mouth. Unless it was very sharp I seriously doubt the traumatize a child with an endoscope for a tiny key. I would just watch her and if she had bad stomach pains then call the DR. I'd also increase the fiber for a few days.

I agree. And the more you make a big deal out of it, the more upset she'll be.

I swallowed a metal twist tie when I was about her age (don't ask :rolleyes1 ) and I'm still alive.

I do agree with those who think it's abnormal to keep putting things in her mouth. The twist tie incident was a one-off, I was not in the habit of regularly putting things in my mouth.

Anne

ducklite
09-20-2007, 07:36 AM
My son swallowed the antenna from his cell phone, he was a teen not a kid :scared: . Dummy. I kept waiting for the run to the emergency room, but that never happened.

:lmao: I remember you posting about that one.

Anne

solferino
09-20-2007, 08:06 AM
My first post. Hope it goes through ok.

I swallowed a nickel when I was 3 or 4 years old. (While eating pop tarts:confused3 ) My dad shook me upside down and shoved his finger down my throat. Ended up going to the hospital the next day. They did an xray and did see it. Told my mother to dig when I "did my business each day" until she found it. She did find it and all was well.

:lmao: That's an impressive first post :rotfl:



OP- I'd be less concerned about the swallowing the key as to why she's putting the stuff in her mouth. I know that some kids are chewers and need the extra oral motor stimulation, and there are things designed specifically for this. It's definitely worth investigating. :hug:

mjkacmom
09-20-2007, 08:12 AM
My dd swallowed a quarter, and was in extreme pain. It got lodged outside her windpipe. The hospital waited a couple of hours to see if it would pass on it's own, and only then did they go in with the scope. If there's not pain, I'm sure it's making it's way down, and they're not going to scope her. The only reason why we were told to go to the ER was the fact that she was choking and screaming.

lyzziesmom
09-20-2007, 11:01 AM
Maybe its a good thing I don't have kids. I don't think like most parents today. :rotfl2:

I have kids, and I completely agree with your thinking. If it passes just fine without incident, she'll probably want to see what else will pass as well. Put a little fear into that kid, make sure she only does this once!

KadysMom
09-20-2007, 11:31 AM
:confused3 So what ended up happening? :confused3

Rafiki Rafiki Rafiki
09-20-2007, 02:30 PM
OP! I think your daughter might need a little bit of occupational therapy. It sounds like she has sensory integration problems...specifically sensory-seeking behavior.

Young children put things in their mouths for the sensation, but they generally grow out of it. If your daughter has anxiety issues, she could be putting things into her mouth to calm herself.

My DD avoided sensations at nearly all costs. The behavior included a lot of anxiety. After a year of testing and behavior therapy, we put her on an anti-anxiety medication. She's much, much better now!

solferino
09-20-2007, 03:32 PM
OP! I think your daughter might need a little bit of occupational therapy. It sounds like she has sensory integration problems...specifically sensory-seeking behavior.

Young children put things in their mouths for the sensation, but they generally grow out of it. If your daughter has anxiety issues, she could be putting things into her mouth to calm herself.

My DD avoided sensations at nearly all costs. The behavior included a lot of anxiety. After a year of testing and behavior therapy, we put her on an anti-anxiety medication. She's much, much better now!

This is what I was thinking but wasn't sure how to word it when I responded earlier. I have a friend whose DS would chew on the hems of his shirts- brand new ones would have holes in them in no time at all, not to mention being spit soaked by the end of the day. They found him appropriate things to chew on- homemade, as well as purchased, and also found that the OT beneficial. I believe he too was on anti-anxiety meds.

My DD says that she concentrates better when she's chewing gum. Maybe it's related, I don't know. She herself doesn't chew on things that aren't food, but I can see where it could start if she's struggling with something.


Rafiki-rafiki-rafiki- have you read too loud too tight too fast too bright? Loved that book. I read it over the summer to help me better understand one of the children at school that I occasionally work with. It's been extremely helpful in a lot of ways. :hug:

LadyJeanPirateQueen
09-21-2007, 08:31 AM
I agree with Rafiki--have her tested for SID. DS is one of those who has SID and is a sensory seeker. When he was an infant, he would rub his face on the carpet and the walls as well as ch ew everything he could get his mouth around. Our house looked like we had chewy puppies because he chewed the couch, the coffee table..everything. Now at age 3, he still chews but he knows only to chew that which is acceptable, usually one of his medical grade indestructible rubber chewtoys. A lot of time I catch him chewing on his own feet, w hich is kind of gross and it amazes me he can get them into his mouth.:eek:

Ladyjean

flipturngirl
09-21-2007, 09:52 AM
Was your daughter watching According to Jim? An incident happened like that on the show.. He swallowed his wedding ring it passed without everyone else knowing.. they thought it was still there when he passed something else which was his house key? did she get the idea from that?

Well I would take her to the doctor or wait until it passes. I would want to scare her so she would not put stuff in her mouth that doesn't belong again. I would be scared if they had to do all of that to me! Also did she tell you she swallowed it or did you see her swallow it?

CEDmom
09-21-2007, 03:33 PM
OP! I think your daughter might need a little bit of occupational therapy. It sounds like she has sensory integration problems...specifically sensory-seeking behavior.

Young children put things in their mouths for the sensation, but they generally grow out of it. If your daughter has anxiety issues, she could be putting things into her mouth to calm herself.

My DD avoided sensations at nearly all costs. The behavior included a lot of anxiety. After a year of testing and behavior therapy, we put her on an anti-anxiety medication. She's much, much better now!

While I agree it's odd that an 8yo keeps putting things in her mouth I think making it into some disorder is going overboard. Likely she's doing it for attention or because she just hasn't caught on to the cause and effect of her actions.

lyzziesmom
09-21-2007, 04:01 PM
When I was a kid I used to chew on my hair, and the ends of strings on hooded sweatshirts and coats. No disorder, I just liked it. Kids do stupid things - it's part of being a kid. Did any of you see the thread a couple months ago about kids putting things up their noses? That seems to be pretty common and nobody suggested any disorder, I don't see why swallowing things isn't seen the same way.

ameraumi
09-21-2007, 05:04 PM
There is never a dull moment when it comes to kids! I hope the OP's DD has passed it by now.

DS was 8 mos old and while crawling found a penny and swallowed it. We never knew it until he caught pneumonia and needed chest xrays. Right there on the xray was a white spot where the penny sat, at the opening of his Esophagus(sp). We were lucky it was upright and not flat so air was able to get thru and we have no idea how long it was in there. He had to have outpatient surgery to remove it.

I have had some interesting things happen in my daycare as well. Have had bread, crackers, peas shoved up noses. I broke an acrylic nail and thought I had gotten all of the pieces out of the carpet. One of my 5 yr olds happened to find it at naptime, played with it, and somehow got it stuck in his ear while I was cleaning up the kitchen.

lyzziesmom
09-21-2007, 08:23 PM
One of my 5 yr olds happened to find it at naptime, played with it, and somehow got it stuck in his ear while I was cleaning up the kitchen.

I'm sorry, I know that it's not funny but for some reason your use of the word "somehow" has me rolling!
"I have a nail in my ear."
"How did that happen?"
"I don't know, somehow it just jumped right in there!"