Thursday, June 15, 2006

Swallowing Coins

I have learned so much about the facts of swallowing coins and what to look for. Mitchell swallowed a penny on Monday night and we were not real panicked about it but I did call my ER doctor to ask a few questions. Did you know that if it is a dime, nickel or quarter the concern is less? Since it was a penny the concern was much higher, did not know this. If the penny was dated 1984 or earlier it would have been ok but if it is dated 1984-2006 the pennies are made mostly of zinc, not copper and when introduced to stomach fluids it reacts like battery acid in a childs stomach and can cause ulcers if it does not come out the way it is suppose to. So an x-ray was recommended and low and behold we found the penny in Mitchell's stomach which is where they were hoping it was. It took one more day to pass (what mother's have to go through to find a childs discarded items). The penny was almost green, amazing what stomach fluids will do in a very short time. So I am passing my experience on to others. First of all, why kids have to put things in their mouth is beyond me and secondly if they swallow a quarter it does not come out 2 dimes and a nickel. (smiles)
Jody

4 comments:

Kuoppala's & in-laws said...

Got my learning in for the day. Does your insurance offer you frequent visitor program at the emergency room? So, what happens when Mitchell swallows the paper bills? Heard a funny (wasn't my money!) story last night about a very little boy who flushed $150 of mom's cash down the toilet. All that was left floating was a dollar & some change. No retrieval of that stuff!!
-anita

Kuoppala's & in-laws said...

I did ask the hospital for a 2 arm discount on Tanner. haha

Kuoppala's & in-laws said...

Now, I wonder how he managed to
swallow the penny?! Didn't know
the pennies could be dangerous.
-dk

Kuoppala's & in-laws said...

don't know if you know this but once when eric was baby sitting he decided to do a magic trick with a quarter and manged to make it disapear down his throat the trick was to make the quarter disapear and reappear he was brought to the er and that was how he was able to make the quarter reappear