Swallowed objects

Swallowed objects

Sometimes children swallow tiny things such as small toys or little coins. Most of the time this is harmless, as the objects can pass through the digestive system and come out with the poo.

If objects get stuck in the oesophagus (food pipe) they may not pass into the stomach and a doctor will need to remove them.

Medical Emergencies

Signs of swallowed objects
Most children have no symptoms after swallowing an object. Sometimes, the swallowed object can become stuck in the oesophagus and your child has:

Very rarely, the object can become stuck in the stomach or intestines. Take your child to the hospital emergency department if they experience:

If your child is coughing or is having difficulty breathing, you should call an ambulance immediately.


Dr. Piyawut Kreetapirom, MD. (2 February 2020)


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