Rate Of Foreign Bodies Ingested By Children Increase

Nationwide Children's Hospital

Young children have a much weaker immune system than adults. This exposes them to a higher risk of catching diseases as their body is not as strong as enough nor ready for the different bacteria and viruses being ingested in.

However, a new study conducted by a team of researchers from the and the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Nationwide Children’s Hospital have shown that younger children nowadays are meeting an increase in the frequency of foreign bodies entering their system.

This increase was noticed through analysis of data provided from the the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) which provides the intake of foreign bodies in children through 20 years. This study included 759,000 children under the age of six. The results showed an increase of 91.5% in the rate of foreign bodies intake which is a huge value. The number of children being affected from the foreign bodies have doubled per day ever since 1995.

The study was led by a and Pediatric GI Motility Fellow at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Danielle Orsagh-Yentis. He commented on his study and the results saying, “The dramatic increase in foreign body injuries over the 21-year study period, coupled with the sheer number and profundity of injuries is cause for concern. Continued advocacy and product regulations are needed to keep children safe, and the data shows that vigilance, advocacy and regulations are effective.”

This should be something to consider to solve or change due to the fact that the health of our children is at risk due to a certain lifestyle that we as parents provide.