Children swallow small things through time – ordinary coins – but a new study published in the Journal of Pediatrics and Child Health hopes to give parents the minds easy if their child is unexpectedly eating one of the # 39 ; toys, as it will almost certainly come out in the toilet.
"Most things, once you go through your belt, you can get out without any problems," Tessa Davis, a pediatrician and lead researcher on the paper, of & # 39; The name "Everything Is Awesome: Do not Forget the Lego," says BuzzFeed News.
And Davis should know: In order to prove this, she and a group of doctors have swallowed Lego's heads and then searching them in their own poo to make sure it is passed safely through their digestive systems .
Davis told us that children who have swallowed small toys are ordinary visitors to hospital emergency departments, but in the case of ordinary toys like Lego, once they have swallowed up, it's unlikely that it will cause any trouble and they would be better away simply waiting for him to come out to the other end.
"Most things that children swallow up are likely to pass properly, but if you have symptoms or pain, or if you're stuck , or if you're vomiting, or if it's something dangerous as a button battery, go to the hospital, "Davis said.
"Most things are like a small Lego head, you'll poo it out and it does not cause any problems."
Knowing that they were unlikely to find volunteers for their research, Davis decided to swallow up Lego's heads, the objects that they believe most children have access to, and how long they track which he found in their poo.
"We considered volunteering our children but I do not think it would have gone through our ethics committee," he said. "So we got down to the hard reality of sifting through our poo."
The time taken between swallowing and vacuuming the Lego was measured using a Detected Received (FART) score after special invention.
"Average 1.71 day FART score," researchers found.
Individual digestion differences were moderated by the Stool Hardness and Transit (SHAT) score, researchers devised using the Bristol Stool Chart, which is widely used in paediatrics to assess the consistency of a person's poo.
According to a blog post describing the research, a thorough method was needed to restore the Lego. This was about "using a bag and squash, underground throwing and gloves, chopsticks – no turd was left".
"We included the SHAT score because people had different consistency on the stool, so someone could make three nice peppers in a day, and someone else could do one hard poo every three days," explained Davis.
Researchers came to the conclusion, "The object of toys quickly goes through adult topics with no complications."
Only one participant did not have the Lego rest, but researchers are not too concerned. "Who knows? One day many years of this, a gastroenterologist who is performing a colonoscopy will have a look back on it," the research team wrote in a blog post.
Davis and his team were hoping that their findings would not only provide assurance to parents, but also keep them from dirty work, if a child swallowed a small object.
Researchers added, "The authors recommend that no parent should be expected to search through their child's shower to try to restore an object."