Hoping someone might be able to tell me if they've had a similar experience....
This last Saturday, my 6 year old got a sunflower seed stuck in her throat (shell and all). She had one in her mouth when her sister pushed her and it went into her throat. She says she swallowed and it got stuck. She came screaming to me and told me it was stuck and pointed right about at the hollow of her neck. I got her some water, yet she was still hurting and distressed. Flustered, we got in the car ready to head to the E.R. I instead stopped at the store got her a banana, a coconut water and magnesium to try and relax and push it through. When she drank this she said she thought she felt it move down. Immediately after she started wheezing, so we went to the E.R. anyway.
They took x-rays, which of course didn't show anything because a sunflower seed won't show up. They noted the wheezing and said since she wasn't in distress anymore that she probably passed it and if it was in her lungs she would be more uncomfortable and trying to cough.
Fast forward to today, she is still wheezing and has a mild cough. She says the irritation is originating from where the seed was originally stuck. Not understanding why she would be wheezing still if she had actually swallowed and not aspirated the seed, I took her to urgent care this evening. Again he noted the wheezing but was insistent that there is no issue, and if she actually inhaled the seed "her body will take care of it" and wrote me a rx for allergy meds.
She doesn't have asthma, she's not sick and she doesn't have allergies. This came on immediately after the seed got stuck, and I can hear "whistling" from across the room when she takes a deep breath or laughs. She is in great spirits and feels fine and energetic otherwise. I just can't find an explanation as to why she would be wheezing two days after the fact unless there was damage or irritation to her windpipe from the seed poking the common wall of the esophagus and trachea or had actually aspirated the seed and it's lodged in there with no pain. Yet the doctor doesn't think this is possible. When I hold my stethoscope to her neck the sound is louder than in her lungs.
Given the doctor this evening was of no help whatsoever, I'm hoping someone might be able to speak from experience having ever lodged something in the throat and having wheezing as a symptom?
I have another appointment with her ped on thursday.