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I mean, is it too much to ask after being the parent all day till 7:30pm of 5 kids ages 1, 2, 4, 6, and 8 to sort of 'pass them off' to my husband so I can read my email?? I shouldn't say that, he's awesome, he always takes over when he gets home from work, does bath and bedtime all himself.
Well, he got them into their jammies, Ben (2andahalf) and Naomi (1) were in the foyer, we don't know how HE got any coins but he said he gave a penny or a dime to Naomi, Jake(dh) heard Naomi kind of cough, and that was it. So no one saw anything, but Ben, and he's 2, so you know how you have to ask questions and like, they'll say "mm-hmm" to anything?? So you don't know if you can trust it? But I ran in, within the minute that we all gathered here and I was holding Naomi, she burped, so I don't know. I gave her a bottle with whole milk and that's it. She was acting fine.

But so what do I do if she did?? I have not had this happen yet, praise God, in all my years of childrearing. She's just turned one, she's only 20 pounds, is she even big enough for a coin to pass through her, or could it cause a blockage? I don't even know if she did swallow anything!! I'm 40 min from a hospital, and will they xray her? My husband said, "You don't think they're gonna do surgery to remove a coin do you? They'll keep her there till she poops it out." I go, "They're not gonna keep her in a freakin' hospital bed for days on end waiting to find a penny in her diaper!"
So I turn to you all....someone had to have had this happen to their 1yo.....possibly.
Help!
 

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Originally Posted by sara-on-the-lake
I mean, is it too much to ask after being the parent all day till 7:30pm of 5 kids ages 1, 2, 4, 6, and 8 to sort of 'pass them off' to my husband so I can read my email?? I shouldn't say that, he's awesome, he always takes over when he gets home from work, does bath and bedtime all himself.
Well, he got them into their jammies, Ben (2andahalf) and Naomi (1) were in the foyer, we don't know how HE got any coins but he said he gave a penny or a dime to Naomi, Jake(dh) heard Naomi kind of cough, and that was it. So no one saw anything, but Ben, and he's 2, so you know how you have to ask questions and like, they'll say "mm-hmm" to anything?? So you don't know if you can trust it? But I ran in, within the minute that we all gathered here and I was holding Naomi, she burped, so I don't know. I gave her a bottle with whole milk and that's it. She was acting fine.

But so what do I do if she did?? I have not had this happen yet, praise God, in all my years of childrearing. She's just turned one, she's only 20 pounds, is she even big enough for a coin to pass through her, or could it cause a blockage? I don't even know if she did swallow anything!! I'm 40 min from a hospital, and will they xray her? My husband said, "You don't think they're gonna do surgery to remove a coin do you? They'll keep her there till she poops it out." I go, "They're not gonna keep her in a freakin' hospital bed for days on end waiting to find a penny in her diaper!"
So I turn to you all....someone had to have had this happen to their 1yo.....possibly.
Help!
In all honesty, I do not know if it is a problem. So please get an opinion from someoen that actually knows. However, I clearly remember that I had a habit of eating coins as a very small child. I would swallow one every chance I got and my parents never knew. I have no idea what possessed me. I am pretty sure that I was not even aware that they were an item to seek after. I do not recall any quarters as quarters were big money in the 70s. Certainly not something young parents could afford to just leave on the floor or under a couch cushion. But I do clearly recall pennies, dimes, AND nickels. Never had any problem. They either came out or I am carrying some serious spare change with me today.
 

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Keep an eye on the other end. That's the only way to know for sure! I'm fairly sure small coins aren't a problem once they get past the airway. To be perfectly honest, if DS1 swallowed a penny right in front of me I wouldn't be looking for it very hard.

I bet there are very, very few people on this board who never swallowed a coin as a child...

Now, I swallowed a whole ice cube once - that was a problem. I remember lying on the floor just WILLING that stupid thing to melt. Ouch.
 

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My ds swallowed a penny at about that age...one fell out of dh's pocket and we didn't see it. We just came back into the room after a moment and there was ds with tears in his eyes, touching near his throat. I guessed what had happened and that it was stuck, turned him upside down and he :puke until it came out.
I'm pretty sure if she really did swallow it, that it'll just come out the other end, and without too much discomfort.
 

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My sister did this and the ped just told my mom it would come out the other end. If she gets any other symptoms like not wanting to eat or throwing up or not passing any stool I would rush in immediately. To ease your mind you could just call a nurse health line. Good luck, glad she didn't choke.
 

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I'm not a medical professional- just a mom. My understanding is that the major danger is blocking the airway on the way down. If it's already past her thoat, and she was able to drink a bottle no problem, then she's probably fine.
 

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My son swallowed a penny at around the same age. For 2 days he wouldn't eat or drink, but other than that he was perfectly happy.... keep in mind that I was not aware he had swallowed a coin. On the 3rd day I took him to the hospital because I knew something was wrong since he was typically a very good eater/drinker.

I insisted at the hospital that they do an x-ray- good thing I did. The x-ray showed the penny still stuck right in his throat. They had to bring in a specialist to remove it...

I kept this lucky penny in my wallet for years, and would still have it today if my purse hadn't been stolen.

I would suggest contacting your doctor, because you can't be positive that the coin was actually swallowed, and not stuck in the throat like my son's was.
 
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