Melbourne doctors swallow Lego for science - and one lost his head


SHAT And FART Scores All six volunteers swallowed a Lego head and kept a "stool diary" for before and after swallowing the Lego head where they documented the frequency as well as the looseness of their stool based on the Stool Hardness and Transit score (SHAT).

The results were published in the December issue of the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, with the hope of reassuring parents who worry about their kids eating these small toys.

In addition, the results of the experiment show that parents should not worry and engage in the search for swallowed objects in feces of children if an experienced doctor with a PhD couldn't find a Lego head figurines in their own chair, it would be unusual to advise parents to do this. And if so, how long does the journey take?

Six paediatricians from the Royal hospital in London made a decision to voluntarily swallow the heads of LEGO-men, to see how quickly small items that often swallow children pass through the gastrointestinal tract.

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Only one of the male doctors failed to find the toy in his poop to which the authors of the study wrote, "females may be more accomplished at searching through their stools than males", although this claim could not be "statistically" proven they added tongue in the cheek.

While the SHAT score revealed the Lego had no effect on the consistency of stools and there was no pain experienced.

"This will reassure parents, and the authors advocate that no parent should be expected to search through their child's feces to prove object retrieval", the researchers said.
This is because among the many foreign objects that children place in their mouths and accidentally swallow, small toy parts are the second most commonly swallowed items. The time it took before the Lego head was retrieved was dubbed as FART or Found and Retrieved Time. One participant couldn't find their Lego head, even after two weeks. "That should save parents some heartache, unless that Lego head is dearly loved".