Glass is a hard, brittle material that can break into sharp pieces when it is broken. If you are unfortunate enough to swallow glass, what happens? Can you die? In this blog post, we will explore the reality of eating glass and what happens if you do.
What Happens If You Swallow Glass
Glass is a non-digestible material that will typically pass through the intestinal tract unscathed. However, there is always the potential for small pieces of glass to become lodged in the intestinal wall, potentially leading to serious health complications.
What To Do If Someone Swallows A Glass
If someone swallows a glass, what should you do? Follow these 7 steps to learn emergency first aid.
1 – Call for help right away (dial 112). If you’re alone, it’s best to call an ambulance (via landline). The operator will instruct you on how to administer first aid. You can also call your local fire brigade.
2 – Don’t panic, remain calm. The person might be in pain and feel scared! They will probably try to rise to their feet, which is dangerous when a glass has caused this much damage internally.
3 – Ask the person to lie down with their head slightly raised (to keep breathing easier) and legs elevated (feet above the level of the heart).
4 – Look for blood to see if it’s coming from the throat, this might indicate a punctured lung. If you find blood and there is no breathing:
– Quickly open an airway: Turn the person’s head towards you and lift his chin to look at their throat. If you find an obstruction, use your fingers to remove it.
– Cover the person’s mouth with yours tightly (to form an airtight seal) and blow 5 times into the mouth; 15 times per minute. This will make the chest rise, thus freeing up space for breathing.
5 – Don’t give up if there is no response: keep trying and call for help!
6 – If you suddenly see that the person is choking on glass fragments, stay calm. Do not interfere with what they are doing to get rid of the fragments themselves. If you leave them alone, they will just spit it out by themselves. It’s better if they’re able to do it without interference.
7 – If there is a major injury, a large amount of blood or the person loses consciousness: call 112 right away and follow points 2-4.
How To Remove A Piece Of Glass From Someone’s Throat
So you’re working at a hospital and see an incoming trauma patient. They tell you they got glass stuck in their throat, so now it’s your job to get it out safely. You need to act quickly but carefully. The last thing this person needs is more damage! So here are 5 steps on how to remove a piece of glass from someone’s throat.
- Obtain absorbent materials to soak up blood, like towels or rags. This helps you see the glass in their throat, and it also avoids getting bits of drying blood stuck in their mouth when you’re clearing it all away.
- Have the patient lean forward with their head tilted down. This position makes it easier to have access to removing the glass!
- Have the patient hold a cloth over their mouth. They shouldn’t try to swallow or spit it out, so this helps keep any remaining bits of glass from flying away when you extract them from the throat. Make sure that they don’t have anything else in their hands that could potentially drop into their throat too!
- Put on gloves. This is because you don’t want to get any diseases from the patient’s blood, but it also allows for a better grip when removing the glass. You can choose whether or not to wear a mask depending on how much of a germaphobe you are.
- Use medical tongs or pliers to grab the glass from their throat. Be very careful not to push it in further, as you could damage the esophagus. If there’s a shard still lodged near where your patient has trouble breathing and swallowing, try using a magnet to attach to it and pull it out!
And that’s how to remove a piece of glass from someone’s throat! This is a very serious matter, so remember these steps and you’ll be well prepared to help in any future accidents.
How To Prevent Your Child From Swallowing Glass
Prevent your child from swallowing glass by understanding the dangers of this activity.
In one study, a 5-month-old baby cut his lip after chewing on a piece of broken glass he found in a backyard. In another case, a small child swallowed multiple pieces of shattered glass and had to have surgery to remove them from his stomach.
A baby’s airway is much smaller than an adult’s, and glass can easily become lodged in their throat or cause internal damage if swallowed. If a glass shard doesn’t make it all the way into the stomach, it can still affect breathing by scratching the lining of the throat or puncturing sinuses that drain into the throat.
Prevent a child from swallowing glass by emphasizing that it is not a toy and never ingesting anything that has been in contact with broken glass.
Step 1: Wash all dishes and food utensils after using them. Let your children know that they should never put any object into their mouths, especially if it came from the floor.
Step 2: Do not allow children to play with broken glass or carry it around in their pockets. Discourage playing with glass by having a designated “toy box” that only contains toys, and never anything else.
Step 3: Remove all unused glasses from your home, especially if they are accessible to children without supervision. If you should accidentally break a glass object, carefully sweep up any large pieces and dispose of them in a safe manner to prevent your child from eating the shattered remains.
Step 4: Shade your yard with trees or other objects that will block out direct sunlight between 11 am and 3 pm. This time frame is when the sun’s rays are strongest, causing glass objects to become hot enough to cause burns.
Step 5: Be sure that your child is never left unattended in a room with glass items present. If you are working on the yard, asking someone else to watch the kid or placing your kid in a playpen are both viable options. Keeping an eye on your child will help ensure that he does not get near glass objects.
So, what happens if you swallow glass? The reality is that it can cause a lot of damage. Glass shards can easily puncture your stomach or intestinal walls, leading to internal bleeding and serious health complications. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the glass from your body. If you do happen to swallow glass, seek medical attention immediately. With a little knowledge and caution, you can avoid this dangerous situation altogether. How will you keep yourself safe from accidental swallowing?
What are the symptoms of Glass poisoning?
Glass poisoning can result in cuts and lacerations to the mouth, throat, and stomach; nausea; vomiting; dehydration; kidney damage; and internal bleeding. Symptoms may not appear for several hours or even days after ingestion, so it’s important to seek medical help immediately if you think someone has swallowed glass.
How to clean up a broken window?
Depending on the size of the window, it may be possible to remove the larger pieces of glass and then clean up the smaller pieces. If that’s not possible, or if there is a lot of glass, then you will need to vacuum up the smaller pieces and then sweep and mop up the area.
Window cleaner can also be used to clean up broken glass. Be sure to read the label first to make sure that it is safe for use on windows. You may also want to wear gloves when cleaning up broken glass.
Who is most at risk for swallowing glass?
Anyone can swallow glass if they are not careful, but there are some people who are more at risk than others. Toddlers and young children are more likely to swallow glass because they often put things in their mouths that they shouldn’t. Some animals, such as birds and puppies, are also more likely to swallow glass because they tend to scavenge for food on the ground. And finally, people with a swallowing disorder called dysphagia are at an increased risk for swallowing glass.
How to know if you’ve swallowed glass?
There are a few signs to look out for if you think you may have swallowed glass. If you feel a sharp pain in your throat, if you see blood in your saliva or vomit, or if you experience difficulty breathing, then it’s likely that you have swallowed glass and should seek medical attention.
Other symptoms can include chest pain, coughing up blood, and intense pain in the abdomen. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please go to the hospital immediately.