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Foreign Object When Swallowed - First Aid and Emergency Treatment Guide

Last Updated on Mar 12, 2012
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Overview

  • Most objects swallowed will be eliminated naturally
  • Sharp objects/objects like battery are dangerous
  • Sharp objects should be removed 
  • Can happen to all ages
  • Common in children of 1-3 years
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Causes

  • Certain food like popcorn
  • Coins
  • Small toys
  • Small objects like buttons, beads

Symptoms

  • Coughing
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Wheezing
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Treatment

  • If breathing is difficult, do Heimlich maneuver
  • Seek medical help as quickly as possible

On someone else

  • Stand behind the person
  • Wrap your arms around victim's waist
  • Tilt the person a little forward
  • Make a fist with one hand
  • Place it just above the navel
  • Hold the fist with the other hand
  • Give a hard upward thrust into the abdomen
  • Repeat if required

On Oneself

  • Make fist with one hand
  • Place fist above navel
  • Hold it with other hand
  • Bend over a hard surface like a chair
  • Give hard upward thrust
  • Repeat if required
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Prevention

  • Do not give potentially dangerous food to children
  • Give small pieces of food to children
  • Avoid laughing / talking when eating
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