The swallowing of a foreign object by a young child occurs quite often. As a result, Dr. Saad Saad has removed foreign objects from over 1000 children in his distinguished 40-year career as a U. S. Board Certified Pediatric Surgeon. Dr. Saad Saad was a Palestinian refugee who was able to transcend this early adversity in life to become an exceedingly accomplished pediatric surgeon. Dr. Saad Saad acquired his medical degree from Cairo University in Egypt before he immigrated to the United States to become a U. S. Board Certified Pediatric Surgeon. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Saad Saad became the personal pediatric surgeon to the children of the Saudi Royal Family and relocated to Riyadh for several years, during which his medical opinions were given great deference.
In most instances, the swallowing of a foreign object by a child is pretty uneventful with the child safely defecating the foreign object out of his or her body. However, in some instances, the foreign object become stuck either in the windpipe or the food pipe with the results that the child experiences trouble breathing, trouble swallowing come and wheezing. If the latter situation occurs, specific performance must be taken to induce the foreign object to pop out of the child’s body. The specific performance to be taken varies according to the age category the child falls under. If the child’s age is under 6, holding a child upside down by his or her two feet is the preferred maneuver to the taken. If the child’s ages over 6, performing the Heimlich maneuver is the preferable performance to be taken. If neither of these two maneuvers leads to the desired result, immediately transport the child to the emergency room. A prohibited maneuver to remove a stuck object from the child’s body is attempting to scoop it out because this could lead to the foreign object becoming further obstructed or resulting in it being pushed further down.
A couple of foreign objects rank very high in terms of dangerousness, batteries and peanuts. Batteries are dangerous foreign object to swallow because they have a tendency to leak the acid inside of them. Peanuts are dangerous for an object to swallow because they have a tendency to expand when coming into contact with fluid such as those found within the windpipe, which result in further blockage. Beyond that, trying to remove the stuck peanuts with tweezer can cause the peanut to be fragmented and scattered throughout the lung. Dr. Saad Saad gives parents of young children the following advice: refrain from giving children less than 2 years of age hot dogs on the ground that hot dogs are the perfect size to cause a complete blockage in the food pipe and children less than 7 years of age peanuts. Learn more : https://www.doximity.com/pub/saad-saad-md