my six year old swallowed a coin
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kris202 posted:
My six year old swallowed a coin earlier today. I called the ER to see what to do, they told me not to worry about it if she was having no trouble breathing. They said it would eventually pass. My question is how long should it take to pass? And if it doesn't pass soon should I be worried?

Thank You Kristen
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Kat3490 responded:
my brother did the same thing and it took any where from 24 to 48 hrs just keep a eye on her poop. I would say if it doesnt pass in 48 hrs or shes having any stomach pain then I would take her in to pedi hope this helps and good luck
 
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_Paula responded:
I agree- it will pass- if you do not see anything by MOnday- call the pedi- he/she may do daily x-rays to be sure it is moving along. Of course go to the ER for any belly pain.
 
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kris202 responded:
Thank you so much for the info, I know it sounds crazy but I had no clue what to think. I couldn't believe it happened.

Kristen
 
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Dr__Parker responded:
Coins move throught the GI tract quite easily and almost always pass without any trouble.

Unless he complains of pain or discomfort, I wouldn't worry about it.
 
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MacknBrosMom responded:
Isn't it amazing the things children can get into?! My daughter had a safety pin helping to hold up her pants (before I had discovered adjustable waistbands!) and she got it out and was playing with it near her mouth while laying on her cot at daycare. She swallowed it and I had to take her to the ER to make sure it was closed! I never did find it again....but the next day I called the hospital and asked for the xrays for her baby book!! You could see the pin clear as day! Definetely a moment of anxiety for me! Best of luck finding the coin!