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Feel awful my poor daughter just spent the night in hospital after swallowing a pound coin and needing it removed in theatre and its all my fault.
My Dsis gave all my DCs a pound each yesterday to buy some sweets and they put them in there pockets.
DD1 (nearly 3yrs) was complaining during me taking her jeans off to change her nappy because she was worried I'd lose her coin so I (extremely stupidly) gave it to her and told her to hold it then, next thing I know I looked up and she started screaming pointing at her mouth , she had bloody swallowed it.
Panicking I rang DH to rush us to A+E as although she was breathing she was screaming that her throat hurts and drooling.
Luckily A+E rushed her through so we skipped a queue of more than 30 other children, had xray and the coin had lodged at the bottom of her throat causing the drooling as her saliva had no where to go.
Thankfully they removed it easily under general anaesthetic and after a night of recovery we are back home, but my god I was terrified and I feel so guilty.
To make it worse in my panic me and DH rushed to the hospital and even forgot our 3 week old baby leaving her with EXH... oops.
Ds1 choked terribly on a crystal star sticker when he was 9 months old, put apple pips up his nose age 2 and had a horrific accident age 3 where he got a coat hanger hook stuck in his eye.
He is 6 now and cannot be trusted so we keep most things away from him including coins as he tends to put things in his mouth and also ties himself up so we have even removed all our dressing gown belts etc!
My DS has choked on a coin on 2 different occasions. He also choked on a small disc from a toy that propels them into the air. He tried to aim over his head but somehow shot it straight into his mouth He managed to open 2 zips on my handbag and open and eat 2 paracetamol at age 1. Fell off a chair onto his head, needed stitches. Pulled an iron onto his head and split his nose open I have been waiting for a knock on the door for years!
DS swallowed a bit of broken crockery once, aged 1, while I was in the shower. I had to take the rest of it in with us to show the doctors how big the bit he swallowed was. They x-rayed him to check it wasn't stuck anywhere, thankfully it wasn't. If anyone in A&E judged, they never let on. And when I told nursery they might find a bit of crockery in his nappy the nursery nurses all piped up with the stuff their other charges had swallowed too.... Don't beat yourself up, OP