For over 40 years, Dr. Saad Saad has been helping more than 1,000 children breathe again, literally.
He is a highly skilled and trained pediatric surgeon who removes objects from the esophagus and trachea that if blocked could cause in extreme cases death to some of the patients.
Dr. Saad Saad has plenty of experience and knows that children are curious creatures especially at a young age.
Many will put things in their mouth and swallow. He knows that majority of the time, the object will pass through the pipes and into the stomach. But as he can attest, some objects get stuck and can even go down the windpipe resulting in wheezing, breathing troubles and swallowing difficulties.
Some of the more common types of things that get swallowed are peanuts, hot dogs and coins. The larger objects such as hot dogs and coins usually get caught in the food pipe. Learn more about Dr. Saad Saad: https://www.ratemds.com/doctor-ratings/175114/Dr-Saad+A.-Saad-EATONTOWN-NJ.html
The smaller objects like peanuts tend to get lodged in the windpipe. If a child is 6 or younger, you can hold them by their legs, turn them upside down and pat them on the back which can maneuver the object out of the pipe it was jammed in.
Older children will need the Heimlich maneuver performed on them. Wrap your arms around their middle, while behind them and thrust hands into the stomach directly below their rib cage.
Majority of the time, the child will cough up the hindering piece. If any of these helpful tidbits do not work, they will need to seek emergency medical care.
The two most dangerous items Dr. Saad Saad that get stuck are batteries and peanuts. Batteries come in all shapes and sizes, and the small ones are very easy to swallow.
Batteries also contain acid which can leak inside a child causing burns and other injuries. Peanuts are just hard to extract since they can break into smaller pieces which can enter in the lungs causing more problems.
Dr. Saad Saad has extensive expertise and suggestions after dealing with so many blocked and obstructed pipes in his career as a pediatric surgeon. Read more: When a Child Swallows a Foreign Object – Advice by Dr. Saad Saad and Life Lessons from Dr. Saad Saad, Pediatric Surgeon
Never try and scoop an object out with your fingers, since this can cause the object to lodge deeper into the child’s body. He also says to wait to give hot dogs and peanuts until the children are older and can chew the food better.
During any playtime with the child, keep an eye on them and block them from putting random and external things in their mouths to prevent them from swallowing. He knows that keeping track and tabs on a child is difficult, but the benefit is to avoid coming to see him!