What You Need to Know About Choking Hazards

Dr. Saad Saad has been helping children for over 40 years. He has removed countless objects from the throats and windpipes of many children, and he has some advice to offer when it comes to children and small objects. He advises not to feed hot dogs to children to children under the age of two and to not feed peanuts to children under the age of seven. These objects and many others are particularly prone to becoming lodged in the esophagus and windpipe is of children. Peanuts even expand once they are inside the body because they tend to absorb the liquids inside the body. Learn more about Dr. Saad Saad: https://www.healthgrades.com/physician/dr-saad-saad-ys6d8

If your child has gotten one of these objects stuck in their windpipe or esophagus, you can try to get it out on your own. If your child is under the age of six, you can hold them upside down and tap them on the back until the object loosens and comes out. If your child is over the age of six, you can safely perform the Heimlich maneuver on them. You can do this by wrapping your hands around their waist and thrusting your hands into the abdomen just underneath the rib cage until the object is jarred loose. Read more: Life Lessons from Dr. Saad Saad, Pediatric Surgeon and Dr. Saad Saad Medical Missions | Chronicle Week

If neither of these maneuvers is effective, you’ll need to take your child to the emergency room and have them take an x-ray. The x-ray decipher what the object is and where it is so you can proceed with the removal of the object.

Dr. Saad Saad has removed many items including a toothbrush and even a tooth that a little girl swallowed by accident. He has kept many of his “souvenirs.” Dr. Saad has helped over 1,000 children, and he has also helped to improve the design of the endoscope so that doctors all over eth world can carry out their procedures more efficiently. Endoscopes are particularly helpful when it is not possible for an x-ray to detect an object.

Doctors often rely on the endoscope to be able to see clearly inside the body of a patient. It can be difficult to see clearly however because the liquids in the body tend to make the lens fog up and obstructs the view of the doctor. His invention helps to prevent the fogging up of the lens because it actually vacuums away the liquid before it has the change to fog up the lens.

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