Dr. Saad Saad is a certified pediatric surgeon he has surgical experience of about forty years. He has worked in various hospitals performing most complicated surgery on over one thousand children. Dr. Saad Saad previous worked for a loyal Arabian family as a personal surgeon and later joined King hospital. Learn more about Dr. Saad Saad: https://patch.com/new-jersey/longbranch/when-child-swallows-foreign-object-advice-dr-saad-saad
During his time as a Pediatric Surgeon, Dr. Saad Saad removed many stuck objects, and the biggest was a toothbrush that had been stuck in a child’s food pipe. She claimed she had not swallowed anything but the X-ray proved the doctor right, and he removed the toothbrush safely.
Due to curiosity, most infants tend to put every object in the mouth to learn new tastes and texture. Children between the age of six months and fourteen years, therefore, are at the risk of having objects such as coins, peanuts among other stuck in the windpipe or even the food pipe. Dr. Saad Saad has performed various surgical operations to help unstuck the stuck objects. He also shares how parents can help their children if the case is not very fatal. Read more: Dr. Saad Saad Medical Missions and Life Lessons from Dr. Saad Saad, Pediatric Surgeon
For the infants below six years the best method to unstuck objects if placing them upside down then tap their back this will lead to the stuck foreign objects to pop out. For those above six years, Heimlich Maneuver process is conducted. This process entails the adult standing behind the child, thrust your hands into their abdomen immediately below the rib cage this will force the child to cough the product out. If the maneuver is not successful, the child should be rushed to the emergency room.
An X-ray will show where the object is stuck, but if it’s a small one, it will not be apparent. For this reason, Dr. Saad invented the Endoscopes optical devices to help the doctor determine whether the object is inside the windpipe or the food pipe. He designed the proper method of converting anti-fog port placed on the side of the endoscope into suction and a successful irrigation device port.
Dr. Saad Saad advises parents to avoid trying to scoop an object that a child has swallowed using the finger as they can push it further inside the body which is very dangerous. He also advises parents to be very keen when the child is playing with electronics.
Dr. Saad Saad says that batteries are the most dangerous product since when the acid in the battery leaks it can severely burn the child’s esophagus or the stomach. Peanuts are also tiny hence they get stuck easily in the infant’s esophagus. When a peanut gets stuck the liquid in the lungs causes them to expand thus increasing the blockage. It’s important that parents follow the golden rules to avoid cases of swallowed foreign objects.