Foreign Body Ingestion
Case No. 17: Foreign Body Ingestion
- Children are very prone to the accidental ingestion of coins, batteries, etc.
- Coins generally do not require any active management. They get excreted in a few days to a week’s time.
- Batteries require urgent intervention in the form of esophagoscopy and battery removal to avoid corrosive injury to the esophagus or stomach.
- Corrosive injury of the esophagus is a very morbid and life-threatening condition.
- If the battery passes beyond the stomach it is wiser to wait and watch under close observation.
- In any foreign body ingestion the child should pass motions outside the potty seat and the potty should be thoroughly checked for the ingested material.