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need someone medical/sciency with knowledge of human body to settle dispute between DH and I

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crokky Tue 25-Aug-09 22:21:16


I think DH has been irresponsible and he thinks I am stupid.

Whilst me and 3yo and 1yo were asleep, he was cutting plastic tags off clothes over the kitchen table (you know those plastic things with T shaped ends that keep the price tags on clothes). He cut a tag and lost it, but knew it was somewhere on the kitchen table. He went to work whilst we were all still asleep and didn't tell me what'd happened.

I came down and fed 3yo and 1yo breakfast (and lunch) at table. As you'll all know, little kids food comes off plates and onto table etc. Later on, I'm clearing up and find this tag on the table. I'm fuming because I think the DCs could easily have got this stuck to their sandwich etc and accidentally eaten it. I also think that it would be really harmful to eat a little T shaped piece of this tag and that it would get stuck in their intestines and not be visible on an x ray, well and potentially kill them.

Please tell me who is being unreasonable! I won't mind if it is me, I just need to know. I am quite pedantic about keeping the table and floor clean (not germ wise, but just free from stuff the DCs might put in mouths).

BellaNoir Wed 26-Aug-09 22:14:21

My DB ate an acorn as a child and is still around to tell the tale.
/Weird school alert/
One boy I knew at school ate a lithium battery in a Physics lesson and was ok. The teacher had palpitations though.
Another lad ate a live frog for a bet (£5). Well he actually swallowed it whole. He was ok for about 5 mins and then looked v.nauseous and vomited it back up again. Apparently it was wriggling inside him. It didn't make it. The lad continues to thrive AFAIK.

It's amazing what the human body can cope with IMHO.

Teddington Wed 26-Aug-09 19:37:08

DD once managed to get the zip puller off her grobag and then proceeded to eat it! She announced this over the baby monitor 'Oops, Daddy, I think I eated my bag!'

Called NHS direct who instructed me to take her to A+E in case the 'little thin bit' could tear any of her insides.

The consultant at A+E was so not impressed that NHS direct had sent us there (They do give out strange advice was his comment)but was compelled to Xray her. DH had to go in, in lieu of 8 month bump with me!!

We never knew what became of the zip - DH did the nappy in the morning (the 7 hour 'appearance zone' per advice of consultant) but had forgotten by that point and none of the next 2 days presentations were anything to be excited about!

Perhaps it's still there......

Ilikecoffee Wed 26-Aug-09 01:34:46

My sister is a worrier so I know where you are coming from but I wouldn't worry too much.It all comes out at the other end. My kids between all of them they swollowed: money ( 5p ) polly pocket shoes ,pips and chewing gums and there are ok. That over 11 years.

Jackaroo Wed 26-Aug-09 01:10:40

I realise we've moved on a bit, but just adding that if they swallow, not a problem; would be a bit concerned that it might get inhaled.

Not enough to rant at DH, but would mention to him in no uncertain terms that it would be on his head if DC had breathing problems/tubes stuck in his lungs because of his thoughtful behaviour in taking tags off clothes. I did notice thought that he actually bothered to look, and realised one was missing, which is probably about 200% more thorough than my most DHs would be?

sharksarepeopletoo Wed 26-Aug-09 00:57:12

PMSL at breaking it into small pieces.

My DD does the same with carrots but I'm not sure it the same thing...

MissSunny Wed 26-Aug-09 00:43:56

Message withdrawn

sharksarepeopletoo Wed 26-Aug-09 00:39:50

OMG for Fluffy's bullets.Thanks for link.

MissSunny...they made 'em tough in the 70s grin

FluffySaysTheDailyMailsShite Wed 26-Aug-09 00:39:22

erm, mineral grin

HeadFairy Wed 26-Aug-09 00:38:50

Which food group do you put glass in?

FluffySaysTheDailyMailsShite Wed 26-Aug-09 00:37:46


sharksarepeopletoo Wed 26-Aug-09 00:34:59


MissSunny Wed 26-Aug-09 00:33:30

Message withdrawn

sharksarepeopletoo Wed 26-Aug-09 00:32:25

"Who has bullets lying around??"

that wasn't a general query BTW - not looking for any confessions! grin just an outloud musing.

FluffySaysTheDailyMailsShite Wed 26-Aug-09 00:30:55

here ya

FluffySaysTheDailyMailsShite Wed 26-Aug-09 00:29:08

It's american wink hold on.

sharksarepeopletoo Wed 26-Aug-09 00:25:47

only if you've got it to hand don't go to any trouble - it trumps my DDs pound coin any day of the week. Who has bullets lying around??

FluffySaysTheDailyMailsShite Wed 26-Aug-09 00:20:18

Would you like me to find it for you?

sharksarepeopletoo Wed 26-Aug-09 00:19:32

sorry batteries

Fluffy... bullets!! I think I've lead a sheltered life.

FluffySaysTheDailyMailsShite Wed 26-Aug-09 00:13:00

grin And we give these to the little darlings!!

There's an x-ray of a child with two swallowed bullets in it's tummy somewhere on the web.

sharksarepeopletoo Wed 26-Aug-09 00:09:39

Fluffysays... OMG to the forks shock. Brings a whole new meaning to watching 'em with the family silver grin

Betteries info quite alarming.

FluffySaysTheDailyMailsShite Tue 25-Aug-09 23:51:56

OMG! shock

sharksarepeopletoo Tue 25-Aug-09 23:46:01

YABabitU - my DD swallowed a pound coin some years ago and it appeared at the other end ok.

OTOH YANBU - I did ring NHS direct about it and they pissed themselves laughing were very understanding. Said main concern was choking so a 2p or a 50p would have been a problem.

The coin was a funny colour when I got it back but it still went in the parking meter ok grin

FluffySaysTheDailyMailsShite Tue 25-Aug-09 23:39:37

ROFL!! grin

scottishmummy Tue 25-Aug-09 23:35:58

some people fall upon their hoover attachment whilst hoovering (nude) and it inextricably becomes attached to their appendage

funny how that can happen

FluffySaysTheDailyMailsShite Tue 25-Aug-09 23:34:26 grin

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