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Anyone ever swallowed some Lego, or wondered if their children have?

MaffyDMaffyD Member Posts: 3,500
These guys have done some research.

Just love the acronyms. My only issue is their use of the term "Legos" - but you can't have everything, even in a research paper...


  • Renegade007cjhRenegade007cjh Member Posts: 696
    edited November 2018
    Never swallowed LEGO but did get a Playmobile milk bottle stuck up my nose, which blocked my nostril and I had to have it removed in A&E (I was about 5!).  I know, I know - that'll teach me to play with inferior brands (but I had LEGO, too!).
  • HuwHuw Administrator Posts: 7,076
    I have a similar tale! Except mine was a 1x1 round brick up my nose. I can't remember how it was extracted but I do recall it being yellow!

  • MaffyDMaffyD Member Posts: 3,500
    My youngest girl also had a Lego insertion incident. She had a cylinder like @Huw up her nose when she was 5! We didn't find it for a week, whilst her nose got more and more snotty! A quick trip to the doctors sorted it out eventually! We didn't keep the cylinder.
  • CyberdragonCyberdragon Member Posts: 549
    What is with kids and snorting Lego? Are they gonna have to put "inhalation hazard" on the boxes now?
  • Casper_vd_KorfCasper_vd_Korf Member Posts: 243
    edited November 2018
    ^ I think that Would fit under the “small pieces” warning. Anyway, I did swallow a transparant stud when I was 9 or 10, because we were in holiday in Prague, so I didn’t have a brick separator in hand. By the way, professor Bruce Lee? Someone parents were fans.
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Member Posts: 10,760
    Huw said:
    I have a similar tale! Except mine was a 1x1 round brick up my nose. I can't remember how it was extracted but I do recall it being yellow!

    Before or after it was up your nose?
  • ModeltrainmanModeltrainman Member Posts: 1,190
    Grossest Brickset thread ever?
  • nexandernexander Member Posts: 908
    Had an 7 year old swallow a stud before however the largest thing he swallowed was a 1 inch solid glass lens 6 months later.  That was a fun night!
  • AanchirAanchir Member Posts: 3,014
    When I was young (but old enough that I probably should have known better… 5, I think) I remember pulling a minifig hook hand off a figure using my teeth and swallowing it by accident. Forget what color hook or from what figure specifically.

    That’s the only family memory of LEGO swallowing I remember. Neither me nor my siblings ever had the LEGO up the nose problem. Our now 18 year old dog Cider did chew up a green Bionicle Kakama mask when she was a puppy, but it was still intact enough to know she didn’t swallow any of it, it was just teething. I also did put other LEGO parts in my mouth though, sometimes to their detriment… I doubt the chrome coating on so many of my family’s Royal Knights style broadswords would’ve worn away quite as quickly otherwise.
  • Baby_YodaBaby_Yoda Member Posts: 1,295
    I was the stingy kid in the neighbourhood. I tried to stop others from swallowing my precious collection. Nothing's changed.
    What is with kids and snorting Lego?
    Just gonna do me a line of Lego...

  • CCCCCC Member Posts: 20,526
    They did the test on adults. Now do it on children, where it is probably more likely to happen in real life.

    Although some kids do the opposite ...

  • SumoLegoSumoLego Member Posts: 15,216
    Why are these pieces sticky?
  • MaffyDMaffyD Member Posts: 3,500
    ^ and now anyone who's had a dodgy bulk lot from eBay will suddenly start feeling rather ill...
  • SumoLegoSumoLego Member Posts: 15,216
    MaffyD said:
    ^ and now anyone who's had a dodgy bulk lot from eBay will suddenly start feeling rather ill...
    I would take solace in the pet dander and kitty litter.
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Member Posts: 3,729
    Can always be worse... M*gabloks...
  • The_StudThe_Stud Member Posts: 59
    When I was a young lad, I’d sometimes use my teeth to get flat pieces off of Lego plates. I remember one instance caused me to nearly swallow one and from the day forward, I never bit another Lego again.
  • Bludchylde1Bludchylde1 Member Posts: 49
    Can always be worse... M*gabloks...
    Those would partially digest causing M*gablockage. Yes I went there.
  • Baby_YodaBaby_Yoda Member Posts: 1,295
    At least M*gabloks comes out in exactly the same condition as it went in: crap.
  • Speedman29Speedman29 Member Posts: 2,293
    As a 4 or 5yr old I pretended I had a whole minifigure up my nose by removing the hand from one and resting it up my nostril. It looked so convincing, we all laughed until I breathed in.....
  • CyberdragonCyberdragon Member Posts: 549
    Johnny, Johnny...eating Lego?!

    sorry...not sorry XD
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 Member Posts: 3,275
    Maybe this would be a good thread to merge with the whole, "using Lego bags for food storage" thread? 

    Nothing tops off a nice baked potato in a Lego bag like some 1x1 round plates!
  • PisceanPetPisceanPet Member Posts: 43
    Ha ha, just seen this on the local news for anyone who was wondering...
  • 77ncaachamps77ncaachamps Member Posts: 2,442
    This takes buying used lots to a whole different level
  • vwong19vwong19 Member Posts: 1,191
    How did this not make the news on this site? As a researcher, I find the cited paper to be a welcome change.
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