Thursday, September 27, 2007

Google- Swallowed Plum Pit

This story has to go down in my blog history, it's just that good.

It's lunch time in my house. Our house is brimming with fresh produce from Door To Door Organics . Sj is usually impatient about waiting for lunch to be done, so I give her something to munch on while she is waiting. She requests a plum. Being a mom that encourages healthy eating, I quickly agree.

I call out, "Whole plum or cut up?"
Sj, immediately follows, "Whole!"

My brain instantly whispers, she's 3- cut it up!!! But no, trying to avoid a meltdown, I hand over a whole juicy plum. I go back to the kitchen and continue on with lunch assembly. We're chatting back and forth.

Sj casually throws in this sentence, "Mom, I just swallowed the plum pit. It kinda hurt right there (pointing to her throat)."

Here my brain screams to me, see I told you, whole plum, three years old, really really dumb idea. Then it starts throwing random thoughts out there, peach pits are poisonous, are plum pits? Is Sj going to grow a plum tree in her belly (haha!). Should we head to the emergency room, STAT!

So what is a mom to do in a slightly disconcerning situation?? Run to my computer. First I visit, a medical webpage like webmd. Nothing on plum pits. Then I call upon Dr. Google. Type in Swallowed Plum Pit. Aah, hits galore. I look for a link that has some authority to it, a national news organization or a medical organization. Nope. All Q&A on random pages and then there are blogs! And you would be surprised at the amount of dogs that have injested plum pits.

Finally, I click on a mom's story, from her blog, a plum pit was injested by her two year old and yes it did safely come out the other end, with more graphic detail than I had hoped for. My go-to for medical advice, best friend, encourages me to call the doctor, just to be safe. She reminds me, you know 11pm, can bring about strange and delusional thoughts. I agree. Doctor's office promptly calls back, no problem, it will be passed.

Within 24 hours, it reappeared. So, is it safe to swallow a plum pit? Very luckily in our case, oh yes it is.

71 comments:

  1. LOL...thanks for this blog. Like you I googled "swallow plum pit" and your blog is among the ones that came up. I accidentily swallowed a plum pit and haven't felt totally right since, so I figured I'd second guess my first thought of "Wow, that's gonna hurt coming out" and check to be sure nothing could go wrong here.

    So thanks for the "no problem, it will be passed" comment and the observation in your child's diaper. I nervously await the next 12 hours....

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  2. I guess it's plum season! Like Deborah above, I found this the same way, googling "swallowed plum pit." My brain also tried to warn me "she's 3, cut it up," as I handed it to her. And I normally would have, but a 6 year old neighbor was visiting and eating hers "whole" AND my daughter had just finished one and left the pit in the bowl! It was the 2nd one she decided to swallow. And then she reached for the 1st pit to eat too when she saw me panicked that she'd eaten the 2nd one (she thankfully took it out of her mouth). All my "internet research" tells me it will be fine, but I to hold my breath for the next 24 hours. Thanks for the blog!

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  3. I had to laugh...my 4 year old swallowed a plum pit tonight and I was all nervous even after calling the doctor so I googled and found your blog to have the best response! I have to say though it did put me at ease!

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  4. Beautiful, baby. Thanks a million for this post. I just swallowed a plum pit and figured, "Better safe than sorry," and Googled 'plum pit' or some such.

    Your post put me at ease. Thanks. You're a beautiful lady, too!

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  5. lol... my 13 month old just ate an entire plum... including the pitt. my first thought was to check the net and your blog came up first. glad to see this info. hope it doesn't hurt her too much on the way out... !

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  6. thanks. same here as with the other posters - my baby (15 months) just swallowed a plum pit and the first thing I did was jump online and find this blog....gosh....HOW did it even GET DOWN to begin with? thank God he didn't choke on it. :(

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  7. Wow, pretty entertaining that so many people came across your entry the same way I just did! I swallowed a plum pit not five minutes ago, googled it, and ended up here. I had heard something about poisonous something or other inside the pit, so I panicked. Thanks for reassuring me.
    Now I know not to really worry... but I'm with Corinne: hope it doesn't hurt on the way out!

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  8. LOL, I just found your site after googling "baby swallowed a plum pit".
    Yes, you gave your 3 year old a whole plum, and I gave my 20 month old a whole plum! Well, I didn't actually give it to him, he scavenged it off his older siblings plate.
    The plums are pretty good size as is the pit! Hoping all "passes" okay......

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  9. In all my years, I don't think I've ever swallowed a plum pit. If I did, I certainly don't remember it hurting that bad. But, I came here, read all your posts, and am no longer concerned, except for how it's gonna feel tomorrow. Thanks for the chuckles.

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  10. My niece just swallowed a plum pit and the look I on my face caused her to burst into tears in spite of the fact that I was trying to appear nonchalant and not to let her show that I was horrified.

    Ran to the computer once she'd calmed down.

    You've done an important public service with this post. Thanks!

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  11. Was feeling lazy and threw a couple over ripe plums in the blender. Didn't think about the cyanide until after i drank the smoothie. Apparently it takes a few plums to dose an adult. Some other fruits are more potent though. Bitter almonds are dangerous.

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  12. Add one more nitwit to the count...I was just now sucking on a whole sugar plum and thought I was sending the right stuff down the, er, "pipe", only to discover that I still had all the juicy pulp still in my mouth...my tongue and teeth could find nothing hard to bite on...D'oh!

    Thanks for this posting...I'll sleep better tonight! I hope it won't hurt, uh, later.

    :-D

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  13. Like everyone else, my child (age 4) just announced that he swallowed the pit of the plum he was eating. I, too, ran to the computer and looked to see whether it warranted a call to the doctor's office. Your posting was very reassuring. Thanks for writing!

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  14. my daughter is 1.5 yr old and just ate one.. same thing.. called posion control, and i hope it comes out safely. thanks for this!!!

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  15. My wife gave our beautiful two year old boy a plum last night and he ate the whole thing, pit and all. I was very anxious but my wife said not to worry. She's a doctor but I still had my doubts....a google search led me to your blog and it's nice to know others have had the same experience and have been o.k.
    Daniel

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  16. TOO FUNNY. My 18mo. old swallowed prune plum pit last night... they're smaller, about the size of a pumpkin seed - but still seems so large for a toddler! I can't believe how many kids have swallowed plum pits. Thanks for the great post, and a little chuckle. We're monitoring her closely despite the consensus that it too shall pass.

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  17. Phew! So I'm not the only mom kicking herself! My 20m old swallowed a plum pit. I tried to reach him in time, but all I could fish out of his mouth was the fleshy pulp. Poor kid... I hope it doesn't hurt too much coming out :(

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  18. Thanks for this - it's made me feel a bit better to know I'm not the only Mum kicking myself about a prune pit! Except that I actually fed mine to my eleven month old as I didn't realise they had stones in! It was only when I tore the second prune in half (because it was bigger than the first one I gave him and I was worried it might be a choking hazard - how ironic is that!) that I discovered to my horror a stone 1.5cm long inside! I thought it took him a long time to swallow the first one! Anyway for those that found this site like I did while gripped with panic, it may help you to know that the stone appeared in his nappy 36 hours later with no problems...the guilt doesn't pass as quickly though!

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  19. Does anyone know how bad it hurts for a baby to pass the pit???? I know, what a horrible thing to ask, but I know you moms understand my fear. My 15 month old just swallowed a plum pit. While I am totally relieved to come across this blog, I am worried about the passing. Is it painful for the baby???

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  20. lol my 3 year old just did it to...lol I googled it and you popped up...lol

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  21. I'm glad to see that this happens to a lot of people. My son today swallowed a plum pit...ugh
    thanks for the reassurance!

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  22. swallowed a plum pit yesterday reassuring to know it does happen waiting for it to pass!

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  23. add my 20 month old kid to the swallowed plum pit list. he did it yesterday and it's yet to appear in his diaper. have there been any cases where the pit hasn't passed?

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  24. thank you my three year old just did it too I do feel much better realizing that I am not the only one :o)

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  25. I don't know about a plum pit, but my friend's son had a coin lodged in his chest. I imagine the same thing could happen to a plum pit. So it's important to monitor the child and make sure it does come out!

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  26. Just did a google search for daughter swallowed a plum pit...the search was for obvious reasons:) Yes, and I even gave her another plum to which she swallowed 2 pits!! Yes,I know...bad bad mom. Glad to hear it will pass, probably going to go to bed wondering if we'll make a trip to the emergency room tonight, but praying that this whole thing will pass soon...literally :)

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  27. yeah, 22 month old did it this evening. I hope it passes smoothly...

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  28. Oh my! I was hoping that I wasn't alone in this concerning experience... :P I checked WebMD then DrGreen to no avail, so I googled and found this. My 4 year old daughter was eating a sugar plum and accidently swallowed the pit. The look of horror and shock on her face was pitiful, and my wild imaginations, enough to send me searching! Thank you SO much for writing about this, now anxious mother's can find peace of mind! :)

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  29. I'm am suspicious that my 14mo has swallowed a rather large plum pit. i cant find any plum remains anywhere in the apartment! It was slippery with the flesh of the plum so i think thats what aides in little ones swallowing them.

    Good to know he should just pass it (ouch!) but if i dont see it within 48hrs ill probably be taking him in.

    Thanks!

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  30. Came home to get a guilty confession from Daddy about Baby's first plum experience. He was so proud to tell me how the little guy just lllloovved plums. In fact he even ate the one I had spit out earlier before heading out the door. It had tasted so sour to me. Problem was, he sheepishly admitted, he turned around to find the whole thing gone. Oops. What now? Well thanks to everyone here, we'll sleep okay tonight and keep our eyes on the nappy;)

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  31. My 2 year old just today swallowed a plum pit and I totally panicked and called the doc. She said it would most likely come out the other end (that this happens a lot and she hasn't heard of one that hasn't come out yet). She said to watch for blood in the stool/signs of obvious pain but otherwise not to worry about it...I will certainly try :) but it's tough

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  32. ok, i still feel bad, but better at the same time. My 3 year old granddaughter just ate the whole plum, pit and all, she never swallows seeds or pits, till today! I'll still keep an eye on her, but this post sure helped get rid of some of the panic!

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  33. Oh funny! My husband just decided to mention that our 16 mth old daughter ate an entireplum this everning....."WHAT!?!" I googled it and here I am!! Good to know I don't have to worry too much. Will be keeping an eye on her for the nxt few days....thanks!!

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  34. There are lots of posts from 'plum pit victims' just after the offending event - but not many from people that have spotted the plum pit as it has exited the body the other end! I'm presuming all these stories had happy endings and the pits did, indeed, pass???!!!

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  35. LOL! What a cute story! I've also stumbled upon your blog, thanks to Google, because I've also swallowed a plum pit (in fact, it's been 10 minutes or so...) and was also hoping to find some reassuring information. The only difference is that I'm 18, which means that I should've learned long ago to be more cautious with plum pits... Anyhow! I must say, this post made my day! Thank you!!! :)

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  36. Im truly grateful for this post, my 15 month old son had a plum pip today and l was rather worried, until l googled it and found your blog. Now l can get some sleep. Swallowing plum pips are quite common l see. Lol!

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  37. You people have it easy, my three year old just devoured 25 cherry plums that where sitting in a bowl, I am worried!

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  38. My 3 year old son just ate 3 plums, pit and all. I don't feel so bad now!

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  39. One more: my 13 months baby ate 2 plum pits. 1,5 days ago.. I am less worried now.

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  40. Another pit-swallowing toddler here... hopefully easy passage!

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  41. So I make stewed prunes every now and then, and decided today I'll make some, and I've had a bad experience with Sunsweet pitted prunes so now I buy Sunsweet prunes with pits because its easier to pull it out rather than swallow the occasional fragmented pit which I once choked on. So without thinking I pop a stewed prune in my mouth with the intention to eat around it and remove the pit after ward which I always do,except today I swallow the whole thing and my first thought was to make myself throw it up but if I got caught in my throat I'd choke, so I type in "what to do if I swallow a prune pit" to Google and this blog appeared! Thank goodness, I will just let it pass now, and to speed that process up I consumed another 2 prunes and made sure I removed the entire pit!!!! Whew!

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  42. 22 month old... many plums first pit.... Cheeky Monkey.. Not worried now but will check closely to make sure it passes. It was only small. :) Kids hey.. are they just little darlings...lol God what did my mother do before they had the internet!!!

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  43. Ah, landed on your blog after googling, "My toddler swallowed a plum pit". I, of course, freaked out. My husband is a doctor and was very reassuring that it will come out, but I had to google! Your blog made me feel a lot better. Waiting for it to come out now...

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  44. Thanks for this post, I was a little freaked out when I gave my 16mo a whole plum. I only turned around for 2 minutes, ok maybe 5, but the whole thing was gone! Nowhere to be found I can only assume he ate the entire thing. Now I feel much better about the whole thing, especially since I am certainly not the only one to have this happen ;)

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  45. so funny how many people google and find this!! i actually came upon it googling "toddler swallowed olive pit"...much smaller than a plum pit, so i guess we're all gonna be ok :)

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  46. My 4 years old swallowed a plum pit too. It was about about half an inch in diameter, but had a fairly pointy edge (I quickly pitted another plum to find out after realizing he had ate the complete plum). First doctor I called told me to not take any any chances and go to the emergency room to have it checked out... At the ER, they put my son in P4 (out of 5 priority levels, almost the lowest). After 2 hours waiting, I manage to get appointment with another doctor in a clinic. He told us that it should come out in 24/48 hours.

    So I come back to let you know that yes, it did pass, the following morning (18hrs after eating it).

    Just be careful of any inconvenience while waiting for it to pass. Any bleeding or stomach ache or loss of appetite should trigger to go to the ER immediately, otherwise it will pass!

    Martin

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  47. The plum pit swallowing continues...

    The same scenario just played out in my kitchen with my 2 year old. Here's to hoping things come out smoothly and thank goodness for BTDT moms!

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  48. :) Years of swallowed plum pits and your blog shows up with answers. :) My 4 yods just pulled a plum pit swallow...glad to know he should be fine!! :)

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  49. My 15 month old son also swalloved a plum pit yesterday. I couldn`t sleep at night, I couldn`t stop worrying. I hope we`ll be lucky like mums above and the pit will pass. Mum from Europe

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  50. I too just swallowed a whole plum pit and I'm no baby! Thanks for telling about all the little ones that have passed them -I just hope my old intestines are working well since I'm heading on a plane trip tomorrow...
    From, 50-something

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  51. I'm and adult but this just happened to me, so I guess that if a baby could I can. thanks!

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  52. This is the funniest thing - a string that makes us all feel normal that our babies have swallowed plum pits - who'd have thought it... it's been 24 hours but I didn't changes his last nappy, should have asked for feedback from nana lol!

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  53. I'd like to add my thanks. I am 53 and just swallowed my first pit. If a toddler's innards can deal with it, I am reassured.

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  54. I saw one incident here where some one else blended a plum pit by accident. As I was blending I heard noises. I assumed it was the pit I forgot to take out. I began drinking and thought maybe I should not be injesting the blended seed. I googled and was shocked to see that he plum seed was poisonous. I freaked out until I read the site. Thanks to that one blender incident that lived to tell the story. I guess it is all in my mind that I feel like something is going on in my stomach. I must confess, I am a bit concerned.

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  55. and another one...my 23 month old just ate a whole plum...daddy had taken the pip from the first one, but I forgot about the pip in the second one...we'll see how it goes

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  56. My 12mo just swallowed a small pit...feeling sorry for the outward journey now
    Thank you to all who posted the pit passed without pain.....I'd really like to see it come out without distress.
    Wow parenthood.....my 6th baby and I'm still a shocking
    Worrier...the guilt!

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  57. my mum swallowed a plum seed today (probably because her attention was turned to a Korean drama series that she's been re-watching like a maniac) and asked me what she should do...

    thanks to you I could confidently tell her that if it could pass through a 2 year old, it'll probably be alright for her =))

    feeling relieved and not having to induce vomiting? priceless.

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  58. omg thank god to hear this, just called midwife at hospital she said my 18month year old will be fine he will just pass through keep fluids up, im so worried still he ate a plum pit the whole plum so quick didnt get a chance to get it out. omg i cant wait to see it out and no pain and bum still in perfect condition im so worried omg. i feel terrible for him.

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  59. I accidentally swallowed a plum pit today.

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  60. My grandkids were in my care today(ages 4 and 2.5)and wouldn't you know it,the 2.5 year old swallowed a plum pit. I also had a slight panic attack. How could I let this happen? Well, here I am "Googling" as well. Much like all of you,my biggest worry is that it will be "passed" without any discomfort. Thanks for the info.
    B.P.

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  61. Yes! Thank You! I was really worried for a minute there. I won't stray too far from a toilet for the next 48. I hope it doesn't hurt.

    I might just have to call-in sick for the next few months. (HaHaha!)

    You are the best keep it up!

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  62. It's funny how you can kind of track plum season by the comments in your blog (even 4 years later). Got here the same way as everyone else. My 4 year old picked a plum off the tree, ate it, and then announced that he ate the pit. Thanks for the reassurance.

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  63. Oh I am 32 & was talking while I was eating a yellow plum & wow how fast I swallowed thinking it was the skin but when I tried to pull out what I thought was seed was the skin -It did hurt in back of throat & feels like it is stuck in between throat & stomach Quickly had bread feels weird though still & took Fiber & stool softeners I will stick close to bathroom & phone

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  64. I just wanted to add my story to this thread to reassure any other anxious Mums out there (I have a successful pit-passing story!). Yesterday, I had a frazzled-mum moment of madness in the supermarket and handed my beloved 18 month old daughter a whole plum. In my desperation to distract her from her vigorous attempts to climb out of the trolley-seat and avoid a meltdown I just gave her the whole thing (even as at the back of my mind I was thinking 'MISTAKE!'). Anyway, to my horror she gobbled the whole thing down(pit included) before I could rectify my mistake. So, I got home worried sick, not sure whether I should call the dotor or not. I told my husband what had happened & recieved the ineviatble "I can't believe you did that. If if I'd done that, you'd have gone ballistic"... true. So I googled it & found this very reassuring thread (thank you). But there aren't so many examples of successful 'pit-passing' stories. So I just wanted to come back and report that the pit has turned up in my daughter's nappy, 14 hours after it was swallowed (phew!)! It didn't seem to cause her any disomfort at all. She did go a bit red-in-the-face just before the pit turned up in her nappy, but to be honest, that's pretty normal for my little munchkin! And she certainly didn't seem to be in any pain & was cheerful throughout the whole episode. Which was somewhat suprising as it was quite a large stone for such a little bottom. But I guess it does get coated in mucus and stuff in the digestive tract, which helps with passing it. Sorry, I know that's abit gross/graphic, but I figure anyone who is worried about this would rather know!

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  65. I have another successful story. My wee one swallowed the plum stone couple of days ago. Actually I wasn't sure if she swallowed it I just assumed after not being able to find any remains of the plum. I got a little bit worried at beginning but when I read some of the "stories" on other websites I got really scared.Finally I came across this blog and honestly it put my mind at ease. I had to wait 2 days for the pit to reach the nappy, but I think it was painless because I don't really know when it exactly happened. So for all mums out there: Don't worry!! It will pass .. eventually:))

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  66. Oh geez I am 27 and swallowed a plum pit yesterday...waiting...

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  67. Thank goodness. My eight year old son just swallowed a plum pit today. Usually I cut them up but he asked for a whole one. I never thought he would swallow the pit. I immediately went to Google.

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  68. All right!! I am the first plum pit swallower of 2013! I have no idea how I managed to swallow that darn pit. So, here I am, like the rest of you, googling "I swallowed a plum pit", only to find out we are not alone, apparently people of all ages swallow them. Now, the waiting begins, and I think I feel it is sitting somewhere in my chest....

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  69. Woooo, I feel better... My 2 yr old just did it.

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  70. my 17 months old son swallowed cherry pit, hope it comes out in a day.

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  71. haha my 18 month old daughter must be one of the first for 2014! thanks for the no worries report :)

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