By OopsMonkey - 13/09/2011 13:43 - Netherlands
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What else was he supposed to do with a delicious screw if not eat it?
It's called Pica syndrome. It's when someone likes to eat non-food items; they usually can't be digested, so they build up in the stomach, and tears it open, which kills them if they don't get it removed and their stomach stitched up ASAP. OP: You should take your son to the doctors right away.
Isn't there some medical disorder for people who swallow a bunch of stuff (particularly metal stuff) impulsively? Either the kid has something wrong medically, or he really hates school.
It's more common for babies & elementary school kids than older kids because it's a developmental phase they go through. When a kid that has passed this developmental point and is older, but still continues to do that then there is usually a problem. If he's only ever done it one or two times over a long, long span of time then it's probably not a big deal. But you're right about it being pica. :) They only said it the 5th day he's had to be kept out of school. Things like that don't usually pass the day you eat them so the parent had to keep an eye on his bowel movements for a few days so they don't miss it. They didn't say he's done it before.
I think you'd have been better off taking the scooter to your local hardware store; they'd more than likely have the screw you were looking for; or call the scooter manufacturer - Brave you for sifting through poop! Hopefully your son doesn't use this "swallowing screw" thing as a ploy to stay home in the future!!!
Why search his poop? What're you going to do with the screw when it comes out?
Do NOT get an MRI for several reasons: 1) MRI uses a very intense magnet to get the pictures 2) It takes about 30-45 minutes to get an MRI, and most 7 year olds can't lie still that long 3) MRI is much more expensive than, say, and abdominal Xray 4) No radiologic study is really needed. These objects will invariably pass by themselves, leaving the GI tract unscathed. Searching through the stool is actually a good idea so you can rest assured the foreign object is out.
lol, for the sake of my sanity I'm going to assume Keevarou was trying to make a brilliant sarcastic remark. Good one, Keevarou. Good one. (though it may actually solve your problem; don't think your kid will swallow a screw ever again after that) I hope the FML illustrators decide to immortalize that idea.