Journal article

Everything is awesome: Don't forget the Lego

Andrew Tagg, Damian Roland, Grace SY Leo, Katie Knight, Henry Goldstein, Tessa Davis

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health | WILEY | Published : 2019


AIM: Children frequently ingest coins (generally with minimal reported side effects); however, the ingestion of other items has been subject to less academic study. Parental concern regarding ingestion applies across a range of materials. In this study, we aimed to determine typical transit times for another commonly swallowed object: a Lego figurine head. METHODS: Six paediatric health-care professionals were recruited to swallow a Lego head. Previous gastrointestinal surgery, inability to ingest foreign objects and aversion to searching through faecal matter were all exclusion criteria. Pre-ingestion bowel habit was standardised by the Stool Hardness and Transit (SHAT) score. Participants ..

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