Pediatric Foreign Body Ingestion Medication

Updated: Oct 04, 2018
  • Author: Gregory P Conners, MD, MPH, MBA, FAAP, FACEP; Chief Editor: Dale W Steele, MD, MS  more...
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Medication Summary

Although drugs such as glucagon, benzodiazepines, and nifedipine have been successfully used to relax the lower esophageal sphincter in adult patients with esophageal foreign bodies, these measures are generally unsuccessful in children.

Laxatives are occasionally prescribed to hasten the passage of intestinal foreign bodies. While they likely lead to speedier passage, this is not necessarily associated with improved health of the patient, and so laxative use is not generally recommended. Specific circumstances may exist in which laxatives may be helpful, however.

The use of meat tenderizer (papain) to attempt to digest meat impacted in the esophagus is no longer recommended. Such usage may severely injure the esophagus.

Inducing vomiting may lead to aspiration, and so should be avoided.