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Swallowed a leaf, worried about pesticides poisoning - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   Hi doctor
User :   My baby ate a rose leaf yesterday
Doctor :   Ok
User :   I am afraid about the pesticides on it
User :   I know rose leaf itself is nontoxic
User :   but because it is from supermarket
User :   not from our own garden
User :   I am afraid there may be pesticides and other chemicals on it
User :   is it something to be concerned?
Doctor :   Most common pesticides used at the farming industries are made up of organophosphorous.
Doctor :   It is a toxic substances.
User :   Yes, that's why I am worrying
Doctor :   When ingested by a human in toxic contents they produce life threatening complications.
Doctor :   But over a period of time
Doctor :   depending on the amount they are consumed
Doctor :   are gradually metabolized in the body and excreted out.
Doctor :   Only in a rare instances when the amount consumed is very large, they can produced delayed complications.
Doctor :   These are the facts, probably you are not aware off.
Doctor :   Now, since you report that your child consumed a single leaf,
User :   but, how much is too much? for a baby (9months)
Doctor :   the quantity of pesticide if there were a few
Doctor :   is very insignificant to produce the symptoms.
Doctor :   When consumed in insignificant dose, the life threatening effects are not seen.
User :   but, could it have other harmful effects?
Doctor :   Hence you need not concern.
Doctor :   If your child didn't have any symptoms over the last 24 hours following ingestion, I do not expect any harm to occur now.
Doctor :   Hope it is clear to you.
Doctor :   No.
User :   but I read the pesticides residuals on flowers are much more (50 times)than on food
Doctor :   1. I do not think the leaf contained any pesticides in them, and if at all there were any you kid should have shown up symptoms by now.
User :   he didn't have any sympotoms
Doctor :   Symptoms such as vomiting, drowsiness, muscle twitching, loss of consciousness, convulsions and so on.
User :   no
Doctor :   Since there were no such symptoms, there could be 2 possibilities.
User :   I have read the sympotoms could be subtle, but the effect could eventually show up years later
Doctor :   a. The leaf contained no pesticides.
Doctor :   b. if there was an insignificant dose causing subtle symptoms,
Doctor :   since it has already passed 24 hours,
Doctor :   body metabolism begins to occur in 6-8 hour time
Doctor :   excreting the amount ingested out of the system in a day or 2.
Doctor :   So your kid will not have any of the pesticides in her after 24 to 48 hours.
Doctor :   So you need not concern now.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   Yes
User :   can I make sure about one more thing
User :   I have seen researches related pesticides with brain damage, neorul system problems in kids
User :   is it only occur with large or accumulated amount?
Doctor :   Right they can occur either due to chronic small dose ingestion,
Doctor :   I mean people who are slowly ingesting very little quantities over a period of time.
Doctor :   A second possible reason for such chronic delayed effects happenings are rare.
User :   what's the second possible reason?
Doctor :   that is it is sometimes rarely known to occur following one time lethal dose consumption after the primary effects have gone.
Doctor :   Since your child has not consume such lethal dose, the later will not occur.
Doctor :   So you need not panic or be concerned.
Doctor :   Make sure such events do not occur again.
User :   yes, definitely
User :   thank you
Doctor :   Though fruits and vegetables contain almost no pesticides at all.
Doctor :   You will still need to wash them properly before you feed them
Doctor :   so that your child is not exposed to chronic low doses of these pesticides.
User :   yes, I always buy organic food for my baby
User :   that's why the rose leaf made me feeling bad
User :   thinking I am taking every effort to protect the baby
User :   but this accident still happened :(
Doctor :   Most farming industries and transport industry make sure they clean all the fruits and vegetables before it reaches the end consumer, but I guess we consumers should also wash and make sure they are clean before consumption.
Doctor :   No need to worry now.
Doctor :   Now that it has happened, you will be more cautious.
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   yes, definitely.
User :   no
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
User :   I think I am feeling better
User :   thank you
Doctor :   It was my pleasure.
Doctor :   Thanks again.
User :   thanks, bye
Doctor :   Bye for now.
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