My baby swallowed a staple!!!

Gwen - posted on 08/02/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Has this happened to anybody? My 10 month old swallowed a staple of a booklet. I saw her with the booklet and the part she was chewing was were the staple was missing. I made her throw up but only got a little paper out. I was reading that the ER doesn't do much for staples. They just take x-rays and the parents watch for the kids to pass the staples. Don't know what to do.

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Sharon - posted on 08/03/2009

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oohhhh creepy!! and thank you for the lack of pictures!! I'm glad its all ok in the end ; )

Gwen - posted on 08/03/2009

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Yey, she passed the staple exactly 24 hours after swallowing it. My gosh, it was bigger than I thought. No wonder it looked sort of big in the x-ray. It was a heavy duty paper staple, so it was pretty big and hard to bend.

Sharon - posted on 08/03/2009

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awww I don't envy you the stool sorting - FUN FUN FUN! - not, lol. Let me know when you uh find it. Please.... no pictures.... :D

Gwen - posted on 08/03/2009

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Thanks. I took her to the ER last night. It wasn't busy which was good. They took an x-ray and there it was. The staple was a little bigger than the average size. Good thing it was closed. The doc said to watch her and make sure she passes it, else we have to go back.

Sharon - posted on 08/02/2009

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The ER is right. Especially if it was folded over (used/crushed/crimped) it will most likely pass right through. You can insist on an x-ray for your own piece of mind if you want. Prepare to pay cash though if they think it won't be covered by your insurance. If you live in a free healthcare country take printouts of the dangers of unrecovered staples/metal objects to back up your request for an x-ray.



Its scary but most of us have Been There and Done That and some of us have BTDT and not even known it till we changed a shiny diaper!

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