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2 yr old swallowed a quarter and maybe more...freaking out! HELP please!

post #1 of 31
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My two year old just swallowed money. She appears to have swallowed a quarter right in front of me!  She said she swallowed more. Dr says if she seams ok and there is no vomiting, distention etc that she should poop it out all OK. Anyone have a child who ate money? I am really worried about it getting stuck somewhere, plus I don;t know how many coins she swallowed. I am shaking I am so afraid.

post #2 of 31

I'd just keep an eye on her like the doctor said -- it should pass fine. Sorry you're worried. 

post #3 of 31

My mom was a school nurse at an elementary school, and occasionally she'd have the fun job of checking kids' stools who had swallowed money, marbles, etc. Totally common and works itself out. Your doc would have sent you to the ER if it were an emergency.

 

I know it's hard not to worry though! Keep her close and check those diapers/potty. Maybe you and any other caregivers can make a game of it- whoever finds the quarter earns a beer. ;)

 

 

post #4 of 31
Thread Starter 

adding-HOW on earth can a quarter fit through DD (2 year old) anus?? Not to mention everything between her tongue and her butt. This is me still shaking and wanting to hole up at home out of fear.

post #5 of 31
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adding-HOW on earth can a quarter fit through DD (2 year old) anus?? Not to mention everything between her tongue and her butt. This is me still shaking and wanting to hole up at home out of fear.



it will. my friend's 10 month old recently passed three pennies through. 

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adding-HOW on earth can a quarter fit through DD (2 year old) anus?? Not to mention everything between her tongue and her butt. This is me still shaking and wanting to hole up at home out of fear.


It will. If every kid who swallowed a quarter needed surgery, it would be a major epidemic! 

 

Hope you manage to cope okay through this -- you seem really agitated about it. The chances are incredibly strong that you'll find it in her stool tomorrow or the next day. As long as she's not displaying any of the warning signs your doctor told you to watch for, she's fine. And even if she starts displaying some of the signs (again, very unlikely), you'll notice right away and get her treated. So she'll be just fine either way. 

post #7 of 31

My almost 11 year old son swallowed a quarter when he was 2.  He is fine today with no intervention! smile.gif  But his sisters love to tease him about it.  He had been getting a diaper change (yes he was still in diapers) and was all upset that he'd lost his "qwater" and I tried to reassure him we could get it back after the diaper change was done.  Then he told me he'd swallowed it.  So then I was a liar for making him wait to get it back. eyesroll.gif  Anyway, I'm sure this will pass easily!

post #8 of 31

OT: mumm, I love your sig! The whole thing made me smile, but especially the lost cup of tea. I always find them later, sad and cold, like "why have you left me on a shelf in the linen closet?" ha.

post #9 of 31

Deep breath Mama! My 2 year old has "all gone'd" a chain necklace and a couple quarters in the past months, they show up again smile.gif

post #10 of 31
My brother swallowed a quarter right in front of my mom. She frantically called his pediatrician and asked "what do I do?" and he responded "it depends on how much you need the quarter". He pooped it out no problem.
post #11 of 31
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Originally Posted by kfillmore View Post

adding-HOW on earth can a quarter fit through DD (2 year old) anus?? Not to mention everything between her tongue and her butt. This is me still shaking and wanting to hole up at home out of fear.



Well, you'd believe it if you saw the GIANT poop my DS had earlier today.  It smelled so bad I thought I would die.  Then I opened up the diaper, and found out why faint.gif

post #12 of 31

My friend's 3yo just this week swallowed a PUSH PIN. Seriously--a sharp, crazy push pin! The doctors said to just let it pass, and eventually it did with no ill effects. After that, I feel much less frantic about the prospect of my kids swallowing anything redface.gif

post #13 of 31

My friends ds (almost 4) ate a quarter, doctor said to wait it out but it never passed and he got sick, couldn't poop and ended up having to have it removed.   So it doesn't always pass.  

post #14 of 31

I swallowed a few quarters in my time, and here I am all growed up with 2 kids and no coins blocking my insides!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

No worries OP!

;)

post #15 of 31

Any update on your 2yo?  Have you seen the coins again?  Hope all is ok.

post #16 of 31

My friends 11 year old swallowed a sewing needle. It got lodged and she had to have surgery from her cehst to her public bone to find and remove it.

 

But a quater has no sharp edges. It should pass freely.

post #17 of 31

My son swallowed and passed one of those decorative stones you find in vases with fake flowers in the them.  Actually, here, see the oval shaped, smooth creamy colored ones?  Yup, one of those.  And we didnt know he swallowed it until the daycare called me at work one day, telling me not to panic, but that they found something in his stool when changing him.  They described it to me over the phone, and knowing he was at my mothers that weekend, I knew EXACTLY what it was.  I still have it.  Yupper, saved in a little plastic baggy in his baby book.  ;)

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post #18 of 31

My doctor always told me anything smaller than a quarter would be okay... so I'd keep an eye on him. Sounds like your doctor gave you things to look out for: distension, acting sick, not pooping... so just look out for those and call back right away if you notice any of those.

post #19 of 31

Should be okay, Just make sure she passes it if you can follow that... If she feels sick or dizzy or anything though i would take her to the doctor again

post #20 of 31

I am totally stalking this thread waiting for that quarter. Come on quarter!

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