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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   My child swallowed food together with ceramic pieces as his bowl fell on the floor. What should I do? He seems fine, I washed his mouth etc.. He is 3 years old. Is there a risk of lead or cadmium poisoning?
Doctor :   Hi,
User :   hi
User :   Thank you for answering
Doctor :   How big were the pieces ?
User :   very small
User :   1mm max
Doctor :   oh ok, do not worry
User :   but I don;'t know how many he took in
Doctor :   it will cause no harm
User :   Can there be leaching of lead from the glazing?
Doctor :   they will come out unchanged in the stool
User :   the stomach acid will not eat some lead or cadmium?
Doctor :   no , that do not happen as glazing is done at high temperatures and needs the sane to leak out
Doctor :   stomach acid is very weak for causing a reaction with a metal oxide
User :   ok. SHould I give hime some special food to help eliminate the pieces faster?
Doctor :   yes, give him egg white , fiber food , that would suffice
User :   So why is there such a brouhaha here with old paint chips or lead painted toys from China?
Doctor :   it was in past when lead paints were used in toys
User :   and they would leach out easier than form ceramic?
Doctor :   yes,
User :   ok So no need to do a blood test for pb?
Doctor :   i see there is no need
User :   egg whites. You mean raw ones?
Doctor :   sorry the boiled ones
User :   ok sure
User :   \
User :   Fiber like berakfeast cereal?
Doctor :   thats fine , Banana , apple , papaya
User :   Anything else I should do?
Doctor :   can also give some laxatives like castor oil
User :   how much?
Doctor :   a half tea spoon will do
User :   Ok will do. I gace him some charcoal in food when it happened
User :   I thank you so much. U have a great day!
Doctor :   charcoal may help , its ok
Doctor :   You are welcome
User :   Unless u want to tell me something else.
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me
User :   Thank you
User :   Good bye
Doctor :   kindly provide your feedback
Doctor :   Bye
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