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Foreign Body inhalation
Acute upper airway obstruction
Poisoning – Acute Guidelines for Initial Management
High-risk – Low-dose paediatric ingestions
High-risk FBs include:
High risk children include those with:
It is rare for sharp objects to penetrate the mucosal wall of the GI tract, and these require no intervention if the child is otherwise well.
Note that most metallic objects will show up on X-ray with the exception of aluminium (variably detected). AP and lateral views are required if magnets are suspected.
Further examination of the faeces is not recommended. Repeat X-rays are not necessary.
Children requiring care (including surgical services) above the level of comfort of the local hospital
For emergency advice and paediatric or neonatal ICU transfers, see
Child meets following criteria:
Discharge advice should be given, and the child/parents should be instructed to seek medical advice or return to ED if any of the following symptoms occur:
Swallowed (ingested) foreign bodies
Updated April 2020