What To Do If Your Child Swallows A Foreign Object

DocChildThroat.jpgWhile most moms like to think they have eyes in the back of their head, it can be difficult to keep track of your child every second of every day. Because infants and toddlers are naturally curious, they tend to put various items in their mouths, putting them at high risk for swallowing a foreign object. In some instances, your child may be able to pass the object; however, some cases may require surgery.

THE RISK

The majority of people that swallow foreign objects are under the age of 3. Infants and toddlers left unsupervised are at an increased risk. It’s important to keep the following objects out of the reach of children under the age of 3:

  • Coins
  • Small batteries
  • Buttons
  • Marbles
  • Rocks
  • Nails
  • Screws
  • Pins
  • Small magnets

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IDENTIFYING THE PROBLEM

The most common symptoms that can help you know if your child has swallowed a foreign object are choking, difficulty breathing, coughing and wheezing. If the object has already passed onto the digestive tract, there may be no immediate symptoms. If the item has become lodged in the esophagus or bowel, your child may experience vomiting, drooling, gagging, chest or throat pain, refusal to eat, abdominal pain and fever.

TREATING THE PROBLEM

If your child is unable to breath because the foreign object has blocked the airway, emergency treatment is necessary. You may be able to remove the object by using back blows, the Heimlich maneuver, or CPR. If you suspect a battery has been swallowed, your child should be seen immediately. Batteries can cause erosion of the wall of the GI tract and will need to be removed.

If the object appears to be swallowed completely with no choking necessary, you may be able to wait for it to pass naturally. If the foreign object is causing pain or damage to the bowels, surgery may be needed.

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If your child has swallowed a foreign object that needs to be removed immediately, consider visiting Medical City Children’s Urgent Care. We have pediatricians that are board certified, offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it and are even open after hours or on the weekend.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.

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4 Tips For A Safe Halloween

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Halloween can be one of the most enjoyable nights of the year for children. Dressing up, going house to house in search of candy, staying up late watching scary movies, kids often look forward to Halloween night for the entire year. However, if you don’t follow the proper safety precautions, the night can quickly turn bad. Below are a few safety tips to follow to ensure your child has a safe, fun Halloween night.

Be with an adult or group

If your child is under the age of 12, an adult should supervise him or her when trick or treating. Because children often venture into unfamiliar neighborhoods, it’s important to have adult supervision at all times. If your child is old enough to go without supervision, they should stay in neighborhoods they know and remain in a group throughout the night. Children should never venture off by themselves.

Practice walking safety

Before your kids go out for the night, remind them of best practices when walking around the neighborhood. Children should always cross the street at corners and look left, right and left again when crossing. All electronics should also be put down when crossing a street so there are no distractions.

Keep costumes safe

If possible, decorate your child’s costume with reflective tape, stickers and light colors. Incorporating glow sticks or having your child carry a flashlight is also a smart move. Finally, be sure your child’s costume fits properly so he or she is not at risk of tripping or falling throughout the evening.

Drive extra cautiously

If you are driving on Halloween night, slowing down is essential. Take an extra second or two to look around when at an intersection and always enter your driveway or alley slower than normal. Most kids like to trick or treat from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm, so it’s important to be especially alert during those hours.

If your child suffers an injury of any kind on Halloween night, consider taking them to Medical City Children’s Urgent Care. At Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care, our doctors are highly qualified and will treat your child with the utmost care. You can even check in online at medicalcityurgentcare.com!

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.

Top 3 Benefits of a Children’s Urgent Care Clinic

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Children are full of energy and always adventurous. Because of this, they are also accident prone. When your child gets injured or sick, getting medical attention immediately is crucial.

Unlike most other urgent care facilities, Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care is designed exclusively to meet the needs of children. With six locations around the DFW area, our facilities are open weekdays from 4 pm to 11 pm and weekends from 11:30 am to 8 pm to provide you with after-hour medical services when you need them most. And, because our urgent care facility is a sister to Medical City Children’s Hospital, your child will be sent there immediately should he or she require a higher level of care.

So why should you choose a pediatric urgent care clinic for your child in place of a standard urgent care facility?

  • A children’s urgent care facility will be staffed with a pediatric-trained staff who know the needs of your child.
  • From a sticker collection to a kid-friendly clinic design, your child will feel much more at home.
  • With an average 30-minute total visit time, you will get in and out so your child can get back to feeling like himself or herself in no time.

For injuries and illnesses that are not life-threatening but require medical attention immediately, consider an urgent care facility such as Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care. Open after hours and on weekends, we can treat a multitude of illnesses and injuries for your child. To see the Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care locations near you, visit our website today.