Dr. Saad Saad shares the dangers of children swallowing unwanted objects

Dr. Saad Saad is an experienced pediatric surgeon with over 40 years of experience extracting foreign objects from the trachea and esophagus of patients up to 14 years of age. In a recent interview, he shared some tips for parents in case their child swallows an unwanted object.

 

A kid swallows an unwanted object, what’s next?

 

To consider what immediate action is recommended, one must first take age into account.

 

For children six years or younger; an object can be removed by holding the child upside down and tapping on their back. For children older than six years old, the preferred procedure is the Heimlich. The Heimlich procedure involves wrapping your hands below the ribcage and plunging the abdomen inward repeatedly.

 

It is very important to never try to pull out the object manually, this is known to often push it further down the throat. These strategies are to be used instantly and as a first aid procedure. If these procedures do not quickly work it is vital to visit the emergency room as soon as possible.

 

It can be difficult to easily know if your child has swallowed an unwanted object, and there are certain signs to look for if you have the suspicion. A child can experience trouble with respiration, wheezing, or trouble swallowing; it is also very possible for an item to remain stuck for several days without showing major symptoms.

 

Threatening objects you should know about

 

Many items big and small can be dangerous in different ways. Bigger objects such as coinage or sausages can easily get trapped and block the esophagus; objects like batteries are also very dangerous as the acid can leak and produce damage to internal organs.

 

It is VERY important to also keep an eye for smaller foods such as nuts. Nuts like cashews or peanuts can also get trapped and block the trachea. Once stuck, these can be fatal as they become harder to remove when bodily fluids soak in and cause them to expand.

 

More about Dr. Saad Saad

 

Dr. Saad Saad grew up in Kuwait along with seven siblings. He was accepted at Cairo University, where he graduated with honors receiving a medical degree. Upon graduation, he relocated to the U.K. where he completed an internship to then move to the U.S.

 

After a short time, he proved himself in pediatric surgery and became board-certified, a certification limited to only the best practitioners in the medical field. Although now retired, Dr. Saad is well known and respected by many others in his field. He now resides in New Jersey and credits Abraham Lincoln’s writings as one of his influences in the vision he has toward humanity of all races and religions. Learn more: https://www.crunchbase.com/person/saad-saad

 

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