What to do When Your Child has a Foreign Object in the Body
Toddlers and children tend to put things in their mouths as they explore and learn about their world. Many parents have at least one story of discovering a penny in a diaper, and most others have swept something out of their baby’s mouth just in time. However, once in a while, a foreign object enters the body—either accidentally or on purpose—and the consequences are much more serious. When this happens, the physicians at Medco ER & Urgent Care are standing by with expert help available.
“We’ve seen young children who have inserted a foreign object into a nostril or ear canal or have swallowed a button battery, but we’ve also seen adults who have accidentally inhaled or swallowed something harmful, or have gotten a shard embedded in their eye,” said Medco ER & Urgent Care’s Regional Medical Director, Dr. Tariq Vora. “In any case, we know exactly what to do to help the patient.”
Dangers of Foreign Object in the Body
If a foreign object remains lodged inside the body, any of a number of dangerous things can occur. The body can go into shock, nearby organs can be damaged, infection can grow, and tissue can be permanently scarred. Occasionally, if left untreated, death can occur.
“It’s common sense to know that you need to have an emergency physician help with an impalement or other obvious foreign object penetration, but especially with little children, it takes a careful diagnosis to discover the problem if it is internal,” said Dr. Vora.
Symptoms of a Foreign Object Lodged Inside the Body
If something is stuck in the esophagus, the patient may still be able to swallow, though there will be a burning pain. Even after the object has passed into the stomach, the esophagus may still hurt as if it was still lodged there. When the esophagus is completely blocked, the patient will be unable to swallow saliva and will drool and spit. The saliva may contain blood, which indicates trauma in the throat. There may be a vomit reflex with nothing coming up. The patient will have difficulty breathing. At Medco ER, we are able to resolve the obstruction in the esophagus at times with IV medication or refer to a GI specialist in more complicated situations.
Easiest to recognize, a foreign body in the eye causes obvious symptoms. Watery eyes, runny nose and pain when blinking are all symptoms of something in the eye. A tiny sliver of glass, metal or wood in the eye can cause extreme pain. At Medco ER, we have the tools to identify and remove the foreign body from the eye using anesthetic eye drops with pain relief.
Stomach and Intestines:
If there is a foreign body in the stomach or intestines, the patient can experience cramps, pain and bloating. Abdominal cramps and area tenderness may be present. Nausea and vomiting may also occur. Young children may seem lethargic and stop eating. It is important to identify certain types of foreign objects (such as a battery) in the stomach, which require urgent medical attention.
Also reasonably easy to diagnose, a foreign object embedded in the skin is often visible. A raised, painful lump that gathers fluid may be the first indication. If the area becomes red and pus is present, there is likely something in the skin. At Medco ER, we can oftentimes remove the foreign object from underneath the skin and treat the infection right away.
Diagnosis of a foreign object in the body usually includes an imaging tool such as an X-ray, CT scan or endoscopy. Your physician will do a thorough diagnosis to discover the type and location of the offending object.
“To remove a foreign object, surgery may be required,” said Dr. Vora. “An endoscopy procedure may be able to retrieve an esophagus or stomach invader without further surgical intervention. A foreign object in the rectum may be able to be removed manually. An object in the eye or skin is usually able to be removed with minimal difficulty.” Once the object is removed and the wound closed, further treatments such as IV fluids, antibiotics or a tetanus shot may be needed to help the body heal.
Fast Help at Medco ER & Urgent Care
When you suspect there’s something wrong with your child, or when someone has an encounter with a foreign object in his or her body, the emergency physicians at Medco ER & Urgent Care are standing by to offer top healthcare services. Our no-wait ER is open 24/7 for all your medical needs. Our highly trained staff respond quickly to determine the severity of each condition and to provide appropriate care to each patient.
- Plano: 3960 Legacy Drive on the corner of Legacy and Coit Road.
Call us @ 469-392-4000.
What to do when you don’t know what’s wrong with your child
One of the hardest things about being a parent is knowing when your baby or child needs to see a doctor. Sometimes, the symptoms are so subtle, you can’t easily tell that anything is wrong. Sometimes, you just have to rely on your intuition—when you know that something’s not quite right with your baby or child.
“It’s often one of those ‘better safe than sorry’ scenarios when you bring your child in to be seen by one of our physicians, but you don’t really know what’s wrong,” said Medco ER & Urgent Care’s Regional Medical Director, Dr. Tariq Vora. “Often, it turns out that you were right—there was a medical condition that needed to be addressed.”
At Medco ER & Urgent Care, our board-certified physicians have years of experience in diagnosing both common and uncommon conditions in our youngest patients. With a range of diagnostic tools available in-house, we’re ready to go to work finding out just what is going on with the health of your little one.
Here are 4 steps we take in diagnostics:
1. Medical History
A careful medical history—including the child’s family health history—will be compiled upon your arrival. You will be asked about allergies, a history of chronic conditions, medications and past illnesses. It may be helpful to have a list of information and medications prepared in advance.
2. Physical Information
Your physician will careful examine your son or daughter and will note any information you relay about duration, behavior, fever, pain, sleep disruption and more. You will likely be asked several questions as the exam progresses. “Our physicians are good with kids,” said Dr. Vora. “We establish a rapport with your child and work together to get the needed information about how he or she is feeling.”
3. Rapid Results Labs
If appropriate, your physician may need to run some lab tests to aid in diagnosis. The doctor may require a strep, flu, virus, blood or urine test. Our in-house access to these labs ensures that the results will come in as quickly as possible.
4. Imaging Exams
Your physician may require an advanced diagnostic such as an x-ray, ultrasound, CT scan, or EKG. These individualized diagnostic tools are also available in-house so you can have easy access to a range of quality services in one convenient location.
Now that the health concern has been pinpointed by your physician, a personalized treatment plan can be designed especially with your son or daughter in mind.
We offer specialized treatments for everything from:
- Breathing difficulty
- Lacerations or cuts
- Sprain and strain
- Flu and virus
- Unexplained fever
- Blood sugar
- Rash or skin condition
- Digestive issues
Where can I find medical help for my infant or child?
For fast medical help, Medco ER & Urgent Care is on standby, day or night. Our Plano location is easy to access and is open 24/7. Our physicians, experienced in pediatric emergency medicine, are ready to help when you need us.
Our kid-friendly exam rooms, child-sized equipment, no wait access and concierge service will help to ensure a smooth visit so your child feels comfortable and safe while receiving top quality healthcare.
- Plano: 3960 Legacy Drive on the corner of Legacy and Coit Road.
Call us @ 469-392-4000.
3 Things Parents Need to Look for in Top Pediatric Care
The health and wellness of your children is the #1 concern for parents. When they get sick or injured, it’s only natural that you want to take them to the best quality doctors available. At Medco ER & Urgent Care, we are focused on providing the best pediatric healthcare in North Texas.
Babies and children require specialized care, and that’s exactly what we aim to provide. From the time you and your little ones enter our facility until the time you leave, rest assured that you are receiving top-quality pediatric healthcare services from a caring and engaged team of professionals.
We have focused on these top 3 pediatric care services that every parent deserves to have for their children:
1. Board-Certified Physicians
Seeing an advanced provider such as a Physician Assistant or a Nurse Practitioner may be ok at times, but when your child is sick or injured, it’s comforting to know that your doctor is a board-certified physician with years of experience in Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine. “Our physicians are fully capable of treating children with various injuries and ailments,” said Medco ER & Urgent Care’s Regional Medical Director, Dr. Tariq Vora. “And they truly enjoy working with children.”
2. Kid-Friendly Environment
We realize that kids don’t like to wait. Truth be told, adults are not a big fan of waiting either. That is why we have perfected the little-to-no-wait & fast access to service. Within minutes of checking in, your child will be taken to a fun, space themed & kid-friendly exam room that has colorfully decorated walls and interesting things to do. Our concierge service offers a lot of welcoming opportunities and, before the kids realize it, the visit seems to be conveniently over! Now that‘s what we call quality service.
3. The right equipment and labs
Kids are not just small adults, they are unique. That’s why we make sure our face masks are the proper size and are decorated with fun designs suitable for children. We also have a stock of child-friendly equipment that makes it easy to smoothly deliver the necessary diagnostic tests and treatments.
Waiting for a medical diagnosis can be sometimes scary for both you and your children. That is why we offer rapid access to labs such as strep, flu, blood tests and even x-rays right on site. The test results are quickly available for a fast and efficient service. “We have prioritized access to rapid delivery of services to ensure that we can offer some of the best care possible to the children and their parents,” said Dr. Vora.
Where can I find pediatric emergency care?
If your child is sick or injured, don’t worry! Medco ER & Urgent Care is conveniently located close to your home. Injuries and sicknesses can occur anytime, and that’s why we are open—24/7— even on weekends and holidays. We are here and ready to serve you when you need us, with the excellent pediatric care that can help your little one feel all better again.
- 3960 Legacy Drive (corner of Legacy and Coit Road), Plano, TX
Feel free to call us anytime @ 469-392-4000.