Dr. Saad Saad is a retired pediatric surgeon who achieved a lot during his 40-years career. Dr. Saad helped many children get out objects stuck in their esophagus and trachea. In an interview, the renowned doctor shared his experience in the medical field.
What next after a child swallows an object?
Kids can swallow objects by accident because they put a lot of things in their mouth. The object can either pass to the stomach without much complications or get stuck in the food pipe or wind pipe. If an object is stuck in the windpipe or food pipe of a child, they can have difficulties in breathing, difficulty in swallowing and wheezing. Learn more about Dr. Saad Saad: https://www.doximity.com/pub/saad-saad-md and https://medium.com/@dr1saadsaad
For a kid who is less than 6 years old, you can turn the kid upside down holding him/her by the legs in case of an object getting stuck. Then, tap on their back and the object will probably pop out. If the kid is older, you can wrap your arms around their stomach from behind and press their abdomen.
X-ray, bronchoscopy and esophagoscopy are used to detect objects stuck in children on various levels. Dr. Saad Saad has performed a lot of endoscopies and bronchoscopies during his tenure. At one point, he invented an improved version of endoscopes in an effort to come up with tools which streamline the procedure.
Dr. Saad’s expertise
Being a pediatric expert for over 40 years, Dr. Saad pointed out two objects that are the most dangerous when stuck in a child’s body. Batteries are among the most dangerous objects if swallowed because of the acid it contains. If the acid leaks, it can cause serious injuries to the windpipe, esophagus or stomach of a child. Peanuts are also equally dangerous when stuck in the windpipe of a young child.
It is difficult for a doctor to remove peanuts out of a windpipe because they can easily fragment and scatter in the lungs. Therefore, Dr. Saad appeals to parents to take due diligence in keeping children away from playing with peanuts and AAA batteries and other things such as hot dogs that can easily choke a child.
Dr. Saad Saad’s personal experiences
Dr. Saad has removed coins, lockets and many other objects from children’s windpipe, esophagus or stomach. Based on a coin’s color, Dr. Saad learned to tell how long the coin has been stuck in a child.
The doctor once removed a toothbrush stuck in a child’s food pipe. That is the largest object he has ever removed from a child’s body. The 14 year old child complained of abdomen pain and Dr. Saad moved on swiftly to detect the object and removed it safely.
Another interesting incident he has handled is a tooth stuck in a windpipe of a child. The child got the tooth stuck in her windpipe while she was coughing. The accomplished doctor was able to remove the tooth out safely.