Dr. Saad Saad Contribution in Child Safety Awareness

Dr. Saad Saad was born in Palestine, and he is one of the eight siblings, they moved to Kuwait during the creation of the state of Israel. These were tough times, but they made it to Kuwait where Saad together with his siblings continued with their education. They knew from the word go education was their key to making it in the harsh world they lived. Their father who was a skilled petroleum mechanic did not shy away from reminding them of that, and they heed his advice. Three children became surgeons Saad included, two Ph.D. and two Master Degree in engineering and a teacher.


Eventually, Dr. Saad Saad moved to the United States where he became a practicing pediatric surgeon. He has many years of practice in removing objects stuck in children aged between six months old to fourteen years. In a recent interview, Dr. Saad revealed that he has helped over 1000 children get reed of objects stuck in either the windpipe or the food pipe.


Children will try to consume various objects now and then due to their curious nature. Sometimes the objects are of the right size, and they can reach the stomach, but other times they get stuck in either in the windpipe or food pipe. Parents sometimes leave their kids unattended, and this can be the moment they ingest the objects that get stuck, and they can be hot dogs, coins and peanuts. However, when the kids show symptoms when they have an object stuck and parents should attend to any discomfort displayed. A parent should seek guidance from a pediatrician but knowing how to deal with the situation might come in handy in case of a severe condition.


Dr. Saad explains that for children below six years old one can hold them upside down while tapping their backs to get the stuck object out. For older children, the Heimlich maneuver can be performed which involves pushing air from the stomach to get rid of the stuck object. Most of the time the maneuver will work but if it fails one is advised to rush the child to see a doctor. When one sees a child swallowing an object that might get stuck, it is not advisable to try and reach for it with the figures since this will worsen the condition. Instead, the kid should be taken to a pediatrician where an X-ray can be used to determine where the object is stuck. Where X-ray cannot be used to view the stuck object bronchoscopy and esophagoscopy will be performed. Dr. Saad has performed bronchoscopy and esophagoscopy multiple times during his career and even came up with a solution to make the processes more efficient. Dr. Saad has dealt with different cases of stuck objects, but batteries have proven to be more life-threatening since they produce toxic chemicals that are fatal. Learn more :


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