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12 Yr Old Son Swallowed a Quarter

My 12 yr old son swallowed a quarter 4.5 days ago. He has no pain,and his bowel movements are regular. When I called the Dr. I was told it should pass. I'm concerned,as I'm not sure how long to wait before having him x-rayed to check it's progress. Has anyone else been through anything similar?

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So far,the dr said no x Ray needed,so with having a crappy ppo,unless it's ordered,it's not covered. I tried the corn idea. I have found the corn,but no quarter. Still no pain,and he is having regular bowel movements. I'm going to see what happens tomorrow. If it doesn't pass,I'll just pay full price for the x- rays. I need to be sure my boy is safe. Thanks for all of the responses. They have helped tremendously! :-)
well,it took a full 7 days,and ge passed the quarter with no problem! It's but in one pc! Thanks for all of the advice!:/)

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One of the funniest resposes I've read on this site was about another child swallowing something non-edible - the advice was "have the child eat something that you know will pass, like corn". Once you see the corn, it's probably safe to say that the quarter has passed, too (especially after 4 or 5 days).

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One of the funniest resposes I've read on this site was about another child swallowing something non-edible - the advice was "have the child eat something that you know will pass, like corn". Once you see the corn, it's probably safe to say that the quarter has passed, too (especially after 4 or 5 days).

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Never had that experience, but before I was born, my brother did that. He was on his way to the ice cream truck. My mom called the doc, and he said "give that boy another quarter and send him to the ice cream truck, and if you want the quarter back, check his stool in 1-3 days." I think it's probably fine as long as he's not complaining of anything. If you want to have him xrayed, it has probably already passed, so you could go ahead and do that.

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My little cousin did the same thing, and of course we were younger (and meaner) at the time and told him he was going to die from quarteritis. I think he spent the next few hours straining on the toilet trying to get it out. Poor guy. He must have passed it though because it was never an issue except for us older cousins getting in some pretty big trouble.

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Don't worry, you don't need to get an x-ray, it will pass. Know it is stressful but it happens, when my brother was younger it happened atleast once a year (usually the boys daring eachother...UGH)

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Funny - it must be a 12/13 yr old boy thing. I did the same thing at that age. Somehow I never noticed it passing, but it must have because I've had several MRI's and such over the years and nothing's been noticed. And I've never had any problems.
Just be glad it didn't go down the windpipe. My cousin did that - around the same age too. : )-
Just tell him to keep an eye on the toilet. But obviously, if he starts having pains, call the Dr.

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Delicious! :) Don't worry, as long as he is not in pain, he is fine. It will come out the natural way!

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My hubby and I were just joking...I guess the "dumb thing that boys do" phase never really ends????? With that said, my son swallowed a quarter when he was 3. It got stuck in his throat. Had to get an x-ray. The x-ray was taken several hours after he swallowed it and the quarter didn't move. So we had to take him to Childrens Hospital to get it removed. They put him under and used a small camera and tiny prongs to try to get it. But the air that they needed to get the camera down his throat opened up his throat just enough to push the quarter down to his stomach :(. So they couldn't grab it. For two weeks we had to search his poop because they were worried about the quarter not passing through and oxidizing in his stomach. We never found the quarter but x-rays never showed the quarter again.

But he was 3, so I would guess that your son being much bigger, it should pass alot easier.

And then just for kicks...three weeks after the quarter incident my son was back in the ER because he stuck my keys into the electric socket RIGHT after I told him not to do it. Same as the quarter incident, Mommy said to put the quarter down, then he swallowed it. Then about a month after the socket incident, he dropped a big clay pot on his foot in the backyard (right after Grandma and Daddy both told him not to pick it up) and had to go back to the ER to get 3 stitiches in his toe without any type of numbing medication. Oh the dumb things boys will do "just because" :O.

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My daughter swallowed a dime last year. We were super worried. Rushed to the Dr. and had x-rays taken. And yep... sure enough the x-ray showed it nearing her stomach. We were told it should pass in the next day or so. We actually had to inspect each specimen she left in the toilet. We never ever saw it come out so we followed up with ANOTHER x-ray only to find that it did in fact pass. After all that we had a bill of $175 (with insurance). We joke that that was one expensive dime but the moral of the story is that we had peace of mind. So I do suggest you go to the Dr. especially because it was a quarter (which is a bit bigger than a dime). Good luck. One day you will laugh about this.

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