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If a child swallows a piece of plastic, how will it come out?

Friday, 10 March 2006
Answered by: Dr. Anurag Krishna
Consultant Paediatric Surgeon,
Sir Ganga Ram Hospital,
New Delhi
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Q. My baby is 7 months old and yesterday he swallowed a little piece of plastic. I gave him a banana to pass the plastic by stool. Is this dangerous for my baby? He is not crying but sleeping well at night. Today morning, I checked for the plastic in the stool but it was not there. What do I do?

A.  If he has no symptoms, then there is no cause for worry. It may take between 2-10 days for the piece to pass in the stools. In any case, you do not need to examine his stools each day. All these ingested foreign bodies always pass out once they cross into the stomach.

A.  If he has no symptoms, then there is no cause for worry. It may take between 2-10 days for the piece to pass in the stools. In any case, you do not need to examine his stools each day. All these ingested foreign bodies always pass out once they cross into the stomach.

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