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Dr. Saad Saad is a qualified pediatric surgeon who has more than forty years of working in the field. He has experience of taking out objects from the trachea (windpipe) and the esophagus (food pipe). Dr. Saad has been able to help more than 1,000 children in his career aged from six months to fourteen years old. Most of these kids had objects and food stuck in their trachea and esophagus. According to Dr. Saad, kids are always curious to put some things in their mount as well as swallowing them. This is true, especially with young kids. In most cases the object will get its way to the stomach through the food pipe without complications. However, in some incidents, the purpose will get stuck in the food pipe or sometimes go down to the windpipe accidentally.

The signs that there is an object stuck in either the food pipe or windpipe are wheezing, trough swallowing as well as trouble breathing. Some of the examples of objects that kids eat and get stuck include coins, peanuts, hot dogs and others. More massive objects like hot dogs and coins usually get stuck in the food pipe. Small objects such as peanut typically get stuck in the windpipe. When an object is stuck in a kid who is less than six years, removing the object you will need to place them upside down as one hold the kid by their legs. With the kid upside down, tap the kid’s back, and in most cases, the stuck object will fall. Learn more:

Dr. Saad advice that if the kid is older, then one should conduct a Heimlich maneuver before rushing the kid to the hospital. The Heimlich maneuver requires one to stand behind the kid and to rub their hands around the waist of the kid as well as thrusting one’s hands into the abdomen. In most cases, the kid will cough the object. However, if the Heimlich maneuver fails, then it is advisable to rush the kid to the hospital. Dr. Saad claims that once you realize the kid has swallowed an object, you are not supposed to use your hands while trying to remove it this will make matters worse as you will push the object in including causing further blockage.

Once the kid gets to the emergency room, the doctor will conduct an X-ray to ascertain if the object is the esophagus or trachea. Regrettably, an X-ray is only able to identify about 50% of stuck objects. Significant objects can be seen while small ones can not be seen with an X-ray. If the kid shows some signs of a stuck object ad the X-ray is not able to indicate the same, the kid undergoes esophagoscopy or a bronchoscopy. Dr. Saad has conducted numerous of bronchoscopy and endoscopies in his career.