Five Centimeter Concrete Nail Aspiration in a 2-Year-Old Nigerian Child: A Call for More Parental/Care-Givers’ Education: A Case Report (Short Report)


Introduction: Foreign body (FB) aspiration is a common cause of respiratory emergency in early childhood. Parents and care-givers are usually unaware of initial time of FB aspiration, and the varied symptoms may be confusing to them. Therefore, education on ways of avoiding the inci-dence is paramount, and prompt hospital presentation will reduce morbidity and mortality. Case Report: A 5 cm concrete nail, which was aspirated by a 2-year-old male Nigerian child of the Hausa ethnic group, was successfully removed by rigid bronchoscopy. We emphasize the need for more parental/care-givers’ education on foreign body aspiration among children. Conclusion: Infants commonly play with objects by inserting them in various orifices of their body. This, therefore, predisposes them to aspiration, which will go unnoticed at the time of aspiration. There is a need for repeated parental/care-givers’ education on dangers of allowing children to play alone. Parents/care-givers should be conversant with varied presentations of FB aspiration in children, as this will reduce the morbidity and mortality to the minimum.

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Daniel, A. , Umar, A. , Hassan, S. , Stephen, Y. , Bayo, R. and Ukwuani, S. (2015) Five Centimeter Concrete Nail Aspiration in a 2-Year-Old Nigerian Child: A Call for More Parental/Care-Givers’ Education: A Case Report. Case Reports in Clinical Medicine, 4, 261-265. doi: 10.4236/crcm.2015.47052.

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