I would like to know how other parents know if their baby or young child has swallowed or has a cat or dog hair lodged in their throat.

Are there certain signs to look out for? With older children I can understand that the problem may be communicated, but I am wondering how it works with smaller children.

Also, is it dangerous and what,(if any) are the complications that can arise from swallowing pet hair?

Any advice tips and previous experiences shared would greatly welcomed.

asked 01 Dec '10, 07:36

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We noticed that our son (1.5 years now) clearly communicates if he has a hair in his mouth and wants it removed. He splutters, sticks his tongue out and rubs it with his fingers. We have not noticed any problems after he swallowed a hair. I would say if it is not too much (a whole furball?) it would just move through the digestive tract and show up later in the diaper if it is a longer hair (might be a bit... icky).

Most pets have short hair, so if the child does not eat huge amounts regularely I would guess that it is no problem (allergies excluded).


answered 01 Dec '10, 08:04

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