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According to Medical Xpress (This article and its images were originally posted on Medical Xpress November 28, 2018 at 09:02AM.)
A team of researchers from several medical institutions in Australia and the U.K. has discovered how long it takes for a LEGO head to pass through the digestive tract of a normal healthy adult human. In their paper published in Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, the group explains their reasons for conducting the research and what they found.
Most parents know that despite their best efforts, children often swallow non-food items that later emerge in their feces. Children commonly swallow coins—next on the list are small toys. Parents often ask doctors how long will it take for the toy to pass through. This is a reasonable question, because if the child can’t pass the foreign object, it can cause problems. The researchers therefore set up an experiment to find out just how long it takes for a small toy (in this case, a LEGO head) to pass through the digestive tract of an adult. Children were not used for obvious reasons.
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