Here's some good news for worried parents whose young children were LEGO (or both). A new study by pediatric researchers concluded that the toy should be re & # 39; emerge in their poo within a few days. Knowing this because their test subjects voluntarily destroyed the heads of LEGO figurines and monitored how long to recover.
Yes, this is an actual scientific paper, published in reputable Journal & # 39; Paediatrics and Child Health entitled, "Everything is Fear not forget the LEGO". It is the same group & # 39; paediatricians behind the popular blog Remember the bubbles. "We've finally answered the burning question: how long it takes to head the LEGO given?" Co-founder of DFTB and co-author of the paper Tessa Davis tweeted. "This is a dedication to pediatrics. But it was good to advancing the science and treatment of & # 39; pediatric emergency."
We jest, but it really addresses a valid concern. As Bruce Y. Lee, a professor at the School & # 39; Public Health & # 39; Johns Hopkins Bloomberg, indicated on Forbes, Young children love to swallow things, especially coins. There have been prior studies examining the passage of coins through the digestive system, notably document & # 39; 1971 found the majority of the passed coins safely within three to six days.
But nobody looked close second item sent by most & # 39; a common way: small parts of toys. And the heads of LEGO figurine are particularly suitable for gastronomikament curious toddler.
As you & # 39; find six adults (three men and three women) willing to swallow LEGO parts? Davis et al. irreklutjaw their subjects from an online community & # 39; professionals in pediatric hospitals. They examined all those who had & # 39; previous gastrointestinal surgery, problems swallowing objects, or "aversjoni search through & # 39; fecal matter."
Each subject kept "stool diary", recording the bowel movements before and after swallowing LEGO heads. They evaluated the frequency and their stool laxity based team of stool hardness and Transit (Shatin) of the research team. (Who says doctors m & # 39; & # 39 should sense, humor?) After swallowing the toy, spent the next three days with their own screenings to determine when re & # 39; LEGO released the head. The number of & # 39; it took days to pass and its recovery was dubbed the Time score was found and recovered (BOVINE).
Old firm did not return the head LEGO anything.
Five of the six subjects had BOVINE scores ranging from 1.14 days to 3.04 days, an average of & # 39; 1.71 days (about 41 hours). And one poor sound never recovered chief LEGO altogether. We now know that topic is co-author of the paper and Damien pediatric consultant Roland, who told CBC he kept searching through his own poo for weeks, hoping that part of the toy again & # 39; re & # 39; place, to no avail. Perhaps a bit more & # 39; fat in the diet help?
As Lee points out, this is a small study, focusing on adults than young children. The Shatin and BOVINE scores can vary by & # 39; & # 39 broader way, in the general population. Neither study was wise, because the authors felt it was simply asking too many partners or colleagues participating in the study to filter into the Poo & # 39; name. And other small parties & # 39; toys & # 39; various forms can take shorter or longer times to go through the body.
'Toy item quickly through adult subjects without complications, "the authors conclude, and added an important caveat:" parents should be cautioned not to seek the object in the stool because it is hard to find. " But also maybe not swallow those heads of LEGO figurines first, m & # 39; you are?
DOI: Journal & # 39; Paediatrics and Child Health, 2018. 10.1111 / jpc.14309 (About DOIs).