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Children can swallow or inhale items that can be dangerous. It is critical to be evaluated by a pediatric otolaryngologist (ENT) who is specially trained to remove the foreign body as soon as possible, so it does not interfere with breathing or swallowing.
Foreign bodies left too long in a child’s lungs or airways can cause breathing difficulties, infection or trauma to the area. Children can become critically ill and need immediate treatment when a foreign body has possibly been swallowed or inhaled.
Our experts—a team of pediatric ENTs at the Johns Hopkins Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology—are specially trained to examine and evaluate children who may have a foreign body lodged in their aerodigestive tract. Some evaluations are emergencies.
As this is uncommon, you want to make sure you are in the best hands possible.
Treatment may include:
Please call us at 443-997-6467 (443-997-OHNS) to make an appointment at any of our three locations.