Researchers Swallow Lego To Calm Parents That It Will Eventually Be Eliminated

Researchers Swallow Lego To Calm Parents That It Will Eventually Be Eliminated

They also measured how long it took for the Lego head to pass through to give themselves a Found and Retrieved Time (FART) score. "Perhaps one day many years from now, a gastroenterologist performing a colonoscopy will find it staring back at him", they wrote.

Six paediatricians from Australia and the United Kingdom in the experiment, swallowed on the head man from Lego and waited complete its passage through the gastrointestinal tract. Children just love to stick stuff in their mouths and while parents do their best to keep tiny toys away from eager eaters there's always a chance that something like a Lego finds its way into the stomach of a youngster.

Of course, note the researchers, figures of different shapes and sizes can travel longer, and it may be desirable to repeat the experiment with the hands or bodies of the LEGO men.

The results have been published in the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health in an article titled "Everything is awesome: Don't forget the Lego".

To account for any individual differences, pre-ingestion bowel habits were standardized by an appropriately named scale, the Stool Hardness and Transit (or SHAT) score.

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So how long does it take for a swallowed Lego head piece to leave your body? After what might have been a painful release, the conclusion seems to be that a toy block should pass through in about 1.71 days on average.

"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".

In one interesting bowel moment, the study found "some evidence that females may be more accomplished at searching through their stools than males, but this could not be statistically validated". One of the researchers wasn't able to retrieve his ingested LEGO toy, which means he may have missed it during a flush.

"If it's a small Lego head, you don't need to go poking through their stool", she told the British publication.

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