If your kid managed to swallow a piece from the LEGO set, you can probably relax. Thanks to doctors following in the “noble tradition of self-experimentation,” they now know how long it will take to pass. Six researchers from Australia and the UK each sent the heads from LEGO people down the hatch and reported their findings in the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health.
A group of pediatricians swallowed Lego heads to see how long it would take to expel them. For most, it was fairly quick.
“All my colleagues had found their Lego heads and I still don’t know whether it’s still inside me or not,” said Dr. Damian Roland. https://t.co/3HsTRd6qaV
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While noting that parents should seek medical advice if their kid eats coins or batteries, anything sharp, long or wide, or magnetic, if it’s a small, smooth, plastic object, chances are it won’t be an issue. For most of the researchers, the LEGO passed in less than two days, adding “If anything, it is likely that objects would pass faster in a more immature gut.”
What’s the worst thing you’ve seen your child put in his/her mouth?