These Australian Doctors Swallowed Lego Pieces For Science

Pearl Mccarthy
November 30, 2018

According to research, coins are the most commonly swallowed foreign objects by kids.

The heads of the figures, the participants swallowed early in the morning, and then after each trip to the toilet they had to check whether a head ("search Technique was left to the discretion of participants", - says the article). "There was really only one way to find out", the authors said. Six researchers in Australia and the United Kingdom have swallowed a lego head and then recorded how long it took to eliminate it back out.

Published in the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health (yes, seriously), the painstaking dookie review was undertaken by scientists Andrew Tagg, Damian Roland, Grace Leo, Henry Goldstein and Tessa Davis.

The SHAT results showed that the consistency of the researchers' stools were not affected by the object they swallowed. It took an average of 1.71 days for the Lego head to exit the body, with a varied FART score between 1.14 and 3.04 days.

Doctors do not recommend this for lunch
Doctors do not recommend this for lunch

"Although the majority of items children swallow pass through, some can be risky and parents should still be vigilant". Further proof of that sentiment is found in the study itself, which uses a Stool Hardness And Transit score, as well as a Found And Retrieved Time score. Researchers added: "There was some evidence that females may be more accomplished at searching through their stools than males, but this could not be statistically validated".

One unlucky researcher never found the Lego in his poop, "meaning they either just missed it or that the head might have gotten stuck somewhere along the gut, destined to come out at some other inopportune time or just languish in the body for years to come", wrote Gizmodo. "This will reassure parents, and the authors advocate that no parent should be expected to search through their child's faeces to prove object retrieval".

And if a Lego head or similar object does go mysteriously AWOL, the pediatricians' advice to parents is not to go looking for it.

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