Published: Thu, November 29, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

This is why a group of doctors made a decision to swallow Lego heads

This is why a group of doctors made a decision to swallow Lego heads

Scientists swallow toy heads to solve burning question Six curious scientists have answered a freaky call of doodie to explore how long it takes for a piece of Lego, the children's toy, to complete its wonderful journey through the body once it's been swallowed.

Based on their Stool Hardness and Transit scores and their Found and Retrieved Time scores, the average journey in this small sample group was 1.7 days. Their findings were reported in the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. But, no, even the researchers themselves aren't taking it too seriously, calling it "a bit of fun in the run up to Xmas" in a related blog post.

Once recovered from a participant's stool, a Found and Retrieved Time (FART) score was recorded. It's all about the acronyms.

While the SHAT score revealed the Lego had no effect on the consistency of stools and there was no pain experienced.

One unlucky researcher never found the Lego in his poop, "meaning they either just missed it or that the head might have gotten stuck somewhere along the gut, destined to come out at some other inopportune time or just languish in the body for years to come", wrote Gizmodo.

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It was also noted that most people who swallow the small building blocks are kids, so "data that is applicable to the adult population may well not be applicable to children". The paper accounts for this by noting that "females may be more accomplished at searching through their stools than males".

"But for poor (researcher Damien Roland), he didn't find his, so we made him search every stool for two weeks".

After swallowing the Lego head, each volunteer had to sift through their own fecal matter to determine if the toy had already passed.

"This will reassure parents, and the authors advocate that no parent should be expected to search through their child's feces to prove object retrieval", the researchers said.
"That should save parents some heartache, unless that Lego head is dearly loved".

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