Little Children and the Places They Put Foreign Objects


Little children have a great affinity to put foreign objects in almost every body opening. An X-ray can often find the answer. I have removed some strange things from the ears and nose and had surgeons remove a pin in the vagina and one in the trachea.

I was teaching medical students last week and urged them to always get a chest X-ray if they were puzzled about a diagnosis. I told them of a favorite three-year-old who was ill. She had seen another doctor who said he didn't hear anything in her chest, so she didn't  have pneumonia. Looking at her breathing I knew the child  had pneumonia and an immediate chest-X-ray proved this to be the case. I then told them about another child who was very croupy and had been seen by two or three doctors. The "croup" had lasted for a couple of months and was treated with antibiotics. The cough didn't sound like croup to me. My two children crouped every winter in Rochester, New York, so it was a cough I knew well. I told the parents I wanted to get a chest X-ray and specified that the neck be included. It was fortunate I did because the child had a safety pin in his trachea or windpipe. An excellent ENT doctor removed it that evening and the "croup" disappeared.

I have always been amazed at the places where children can put foreign objects, either in their body or in different orifices.  I have removed beads from the ear canal and the nose and a particular smelly piece of bread from up in a child's nose. Another child had a dead insect in his ear canal.  One child had a safety pin her vagina.   So if you see smelly pus coming from an orifice you might want to think about a foreign object.

Article last time updated on 12.03.2018.

0 rating(s) (0 ø)
Users must be logged in to comment Login
Click here and become a medical blogger!
t always hurts me to have a parent tell me that a son with Duchenne muscular dystrophy needed a wheelchair as early more...
I had a recent frantic call from a grandmother saying her three-year-old granddaughter, who lived in another state, more...
I frequently tell parents and friends that the Internet has a great deal of good information, but also considerable more...


PR-blogs on DocCheck are sponsored blogs which are published on DocCheck by commercial providers additionally to regular userblogs. They may contain promotional statements. DocCheck is not responsible for this content.

Copyright © 2019 DocCheck Medical Services GmbH
Follow DocCheck: