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Foreign Body In Pharynx


A foreign body in the pharynx is an object that gets stuck in your child's throat. Some examples include food, a thumbtack, or a small toy.


Prevent another foreign body in your child's pharynx:

  • Cut your child's food into small pieces: Remind him to chew his food well before he swallows. Do not give your child hard foods, such as nuts or hard candy. Do not allow your child to run with food in his mouth.

  • Keep small objects out of your child's reach: Some examples include magnets, jewelry, keys, and coins. Handheld video games, flashlights, hearing aids, and cameras may have button batteries. Button batteries and magnets must be removed if swallowed.

Follow up with your child's healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your child's visits.

Contact your child's primary healthcare provider if:

  • Your child has a fever.

  • Your child has blood in his saliva.

  • Your child does not want to eat because it hurts to swallow.

  • Your child is drooling.

  • Your child has hoarse speech.

  • You have questions or concerns about your child's condition or care.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • Your child has trouble swallowing.

  • Your child cannot stop coughing, choking, or wheezing.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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