Dr. Saad Saad is a highly experienced pediatric surgeon. He has a wealth of experience when it comes to extracting foreign objects from body parts such as trachea and windpipe. During his career, this pediatric surgeon has helped both young and old people from all walks of life remove objects stuck in body parts such as trachea and esophagus.
According to Dr. Saad Saad, kids are curious human beings and that is why they are always tempted to put foreign objects in their mouth and then swallow them. At times, these objects reach the stomach with either little or no complications at all. However, at times, these objects go down the windpipe or get trapped in the windpipe. Common symptoms of a trapped item include wheezing, trouble breathing, and trouble swallowing.
Some of the items that can get stuck when a child swallows them are coins, peanuts, and hot dogs. Hot dogs and coins are generally large objects and tend to get stuck within the food pipe. Peanuts are generally smaller objects and usually get stuck within the windpipe. Learn more about Dr. Saad Saad: https://www.facebook.com/drsaadsaad12 and http://drsaadsaad.com/
If you suspect that a foreign object has stuck with the windpipe or food pipe of your child (less than six months) hold them with the head facing downwards and their legs upwards. The object is likely to come out if you tap on any section of their back.
If the aforementioned condition happens to an older child, stand behind them and then place their hands around their waist. Thrust any of your hands on the abdomen especially below their rib cage.
If you do this in the right manner, the child is likely to cough the item back out. If you perform the aforementioned procedure and the object does not come out, then rush to the nearest health center for help.
According to Dr. Saad Saad, if you notice that a child is actually in the process of swallowing a foreign object; don’t try to remove it using your finger. Doing so can result in myriad complications.
In fact, it can result in further blockage hence pushing the object further into the inner parts of the body of the affected child. Read more: Dr. Saad Saad Medical Missions and Life Lessons from Dr. Saad Saad, Pediatric Surgeon
If the condition is severe and the problem cannot be solved with any of the aforementioned simple procedures, the patient will need to go to an emergency room. Here, the specialist may choose to use an X-ray to help find out whether the object has been stuck within the Windpipe or the food pipe.
The problem with the use of X-ray is that it only helps detect just 50% of the items that get stuck. For instance, with help of an X-ray, a pediatric surgeon can clearly see a coin. However, it is not easy to see a peanut. If the X-ray shows nothing but the child has clear signs of stuck items, then the best procedure to perform is either esophagoscopy or bronchoscopy.