Lego is probably one of the world's favorite toys.
And one of the major culprits are the bazillion pieces of Lego scattered around the house - because let's be honest, we are either forever standing on the teeny bits, while yelping in pain and desperately trying not to swear - or our darling kids are devouring them whenever they feel the inexplicable need.
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After the Lego head was swallowed, the next step was to keep track of the subsequent bowel movements and keep looking for the Lego head.
The primary goal of the research was to see how long it takes for a tiny toy like a Lego to find its way through the human body.
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The results have been published in the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health in an article titled "Everything is awesome: Don't forget the Lego". The researchers developed a Stool Hardness and Transit (SHAT) score to measure the frequency and looseness of their stool.
One unlucky researcher never found the Lego in his poop, "meaning they either just missed it or that the head might have gotten stuck somewhere along the gut, destined to come out at some other inopportune time or just languish in the body for years to come", wrote Gizmodo. The amount of time it took to travel from mouth to toilet was also aptly titled - the Found and Retrieved Time (aka the FART) score. The paper accounts for this by noting that "females may be more accomplished at searching through their stools than males".
By the end of the experiment, the team found their FART scores varied between 1.14 and 3.04 days - with the average being 1.71 days for the toy to pass through their systems.
"This will reassure parents, and the authors advocate that no parent should be expected to search through their child's feces to prove object retrieval".
They concluded swallowed LEGO wasn't a huge concern, but some toys can be risky to swallow and parents should still be vigilant.