Paediatricians face all sorts of interesting situations in their daily work with children, and children who eat random objects are part of it. Kids simply love to stick in their mouths and, while parents do their best to keep tiny toys safe from the greedy, there's always a chance that something like a Lego will end up in the stomach. a young child.
Half a dozen pediatricians have decided to see what effect, if any, a small yellow Lego head would have on their own body by proposing to swallow them. Their findings were published in the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health.
The main goal of the research was to see the time it took for a tiny toy like a Lego to find its way into the human body. To do this, the pediatricians swallowed the toys and then monitored their stool over the next few days until they located the toy.
As they were eating toys and poking their own crap, the team decided to have a little fun with the nomenclature. "The bowel habits before ingestion were normalized by the SHAT score (Stool Hardness and Transit)," according to the study. "The participants ingested a Lego head and the time taken for the object to be in the participant's stool was recorded. The main result was the time score found and retrieved (FART). "
OK, it's pretty funny.
The results showed that the time required to pass a Lego is actually quite short. The average time required to pass the toy was 1.71 days. No complications were noted during the study, suggesting that the tiny plastic toy had little or no effect on the participants' digestive tract.
Hilariously, one of the pediatricians never found the toy in his stool. The paper explains this by noting that "women can be more adept at looking in their stools than men". The team adds that the statement "can not be validated statistically", but let's all assume that Lego's head has been lost. at one time or another.