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foreign bodies, ingested
Kids swallow the darndest things, to paraphrase Art Linkletter. Small and not so small children have a tendency to put foreign objects in the mouth. A good general rule is that all such ingestions should be taken seriously, at least until things are clarified. Some naturally smooth, round objects present little difficulties; "This too shall pass." Other objects may not be so benign. Exactly how to manage any given ingestion may be an area of medical uncertainty. Whenever there is any doubt whatsoever, your child's physician should be consulted immediately.
With any such ingestion the first concern is the child's ability to breathe - is there any sign of respiratory difficulty. If so, immediate emergency care is required - get someone to call 911 while you attempt to clear the child's airway. Inspect the mouth for signs of the foreign object, and perform the Heimlich manuever if you have been trained to perform it correctly.
If you have not had a CPR course - now is a good time to think of taking one. Insist that your babysitter have taken a Safe Sitter course as well - many hospitals offer them.Assuming that your child is breathing fine, it is time to call your doctor for some instructions.
Some of the almost limitless number of possibilities:
Above all, remember to notify your child's physician for any foreign body ingestion.