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Hilliard Pediatrics, Inc. - Dr. Tim Teller, MD
Children often swallow objects they are not supposed to have in their mouth. Common items include coins, small toy pieces, and other items. Even if you keep your home clean and the house picked up, your child may do this at some point.
If they are NOT breathing comfortably after having a coin or other small object in their mouth, it means the object is blocking all or part of the airway. This is a life-threatening medical emergency. Your child may be gagging, choking, coughing, or turning blue around their mouth and face.
Many of us have experienced a time in which swallowing something to eat, such as a potato chip, that left our throat feeling scratched or irritated if we did not chew the item well. That can give the sensation that something is stuck. If something is blocking our ability to swallow, a good gulp of water and something soft like a bite of bread would not be able to go down into the stomach. Therefore, if your child is breathing easy, have them try to take a few drink of water. If that is going well, have your child try eating something soft like a few bites of bread. If they are swallowing it just fine, even if there throat feels irritated, something is very unlikely to truly be “stuck” – it just feels like it is stuck. This irritation should pass in a few days. If the discomfort is significant, trying soothing foods like Jell-o® gelatin and cold yogurt will help. Ibuprofen (Motrin® and Advil®) may also relieve the pain. It would also be fine to try a dose of a liquid antacid, such as Maalox Advanced Regular Strength Liquid or Mylanta® Ultimate Strength Liquid, every 4-6 hours while awake for a few days. Dosing: Up to 25 pounds = ½ teaspoon; 25-49 pounds = 1 teaspoon; over 50 pounds = 2 teaspoons. Ibuprofen and the liquid antacid are fine to give together.