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Friday, December 14, 2007

Adventures in Parenting

In case one of your smaller children should happen to swallow a penny, here are some helpful links to assuage concerns.

Why do I say that? I come home after a hard day of tearing down and setting back up my room for our volunteer Christmas party. We sit down to dinner and my middle boy, 2 of 3, says sort of proudly, "I swallowed a penny!" "Really?" I reply thinking he is playing around, "How did that happen?" "I don't know." My wife then says, "Oh yeah, I meant to tell you about that."

"What!! He really swallowed a penny!!"

"Well, my sister swallowed a quarter when she was little and it came through fine," My wife says totally non-plussed about my state of agitation. "He swallowed it yesterday sometime," she adds.

Being the fretful father that I am, a trait I must have picked up from my mother, I immediately start thinking about copper poisoning or an obstructed bowel or some other agonizing torturous death my child with suffer.

But, my wife's calm response, and the fact I didn't want to have pay a 100 bucks and sit 9 hours in the emergency room, began to abate my irrational concern. I then went to the computer and "googled" the links above.

I learned a few things:

- Penny swallowing is a common occurrence among children under 5.

- As long as the penny is not lodged in the esophagus and the child is not vomiting or gagging for air, there is not an immediate emergency concern.

- Once the penny gets into the stomach and the G.I. tract, more than likely, the kid will pass it with in a couple of days.

- If the penny doesn't pass, or you miss finding it, then a doctor's visit and X-ray should be the next step to make sure it isn't stuck. Either an enema or if necessary, a minor procedure, can dislodge it.

All the links recommend the parent don rubber gloves and go a fishing, if you know what I mean, to hunt for the penny.

Oh boy,

I don't remember reading any Focus on the Family, Ted Tripp, or Family Life today materials about this one.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pssttt...pennies are mostly made of zinc. Copper and zinc are essential trace elements. ;-)

Just keep saying, "this too shall pass".

(been there done that) from the mom of 2 ADHD kids who survived to adulthood.

6:06 PM, December 14, 2007  
Blogger Hayden said...


Thanks for the chuckle. A penny saved is a penny earned. You need to get #2 a piggy bank so he can put those pennies in the right place :)

7:17 PM, December 15, 2007  
Blogger BugBlaster said...

Yeah my son did that. My wife was right there when he did it. Sort of gagged a little, and then burped. She said the burp smelled like copper. Everything came out in the end.

8:15 PM, December 16, 2007  

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