Dr Saad Saad is a skilled pediatrician with four decades of experience in removing foreign objects from the throats of children. He has recorded more than 1,000 successful removals on children ranging in ages from 6 months to 14 years old.
Dr Saad specializes removing foreign objects from the esophagus and trachea of children. He studied the fact that children during this age range are curious about certain things. They are not afraid to put things in their mouth and test them out. Most of these objects pass through and down into the stomach. However, they often get stuck. This is what makes it so difficult to be a parent of a young child.
Foreign objects getting stuck in a child’s throat is frightening. However, there are home remedies that are very effective. Dr Saad recommends holding a child that is 6 years or under upside down by their legs. Pet them on the back while holding the child upside down. The object will come out. If it is an older child the Heimlich maneuver must be applied. This is done by wrapping the arms around the waist from the rear and thrusting two hands into the abdomen below the rib cage. Also in this case the object should come right out. Sticking fingers into the child’s mouth is always the wrong approach. It increases the chances of further lodging the object in the child’s throat. If the object does not come loose with the mentioned procedures then the child should be rushed to the emergency room.
Dr Saad Saad warns of items that are particularly dangerous for kids to swallow such as batteries and peanuts. Modern batteries are made even smaller than they were in the past. They are slippery and easy for a child to swallow. Once swallowed the batteries can leak acid into the esophagus and stomach. This will cause further complications. Parents should take extra care when children are playing with battery powered objects such as toys, TV remotes and cameras. Peanuts are especially tricky when caught in the windpipe. They are small and delicate. When doctors are using tools to pull out the peanut, it can be easily fragmented into small pieces that enter into the lungs. Learn more: https://www.linkedin.com/in/saad-saad-524707159/
Dr Saad Saad is one of eight children born in Palestine. He earned his medical degree from Cairo University in Egypt almost 50 years ago. He completed his internship in England before moving to the United States. Dr Saad completed his residency at the USA Board Certified in Pediatric Surgery. He has been married for 42 years. Dr. Saad has four children, two of which are doctors. One is a lawyer. The other is an ICU nurse.