Discovering that your kid has swallowed Lego is pretty annoying as a parent, but these researchers did the same thing in the name of science. The average time taken for the toy to be excreted was 1.71 days, they wrote.
The six paediatric healthcare professionals from the website Don't Forget The Bubbles, based in the United Kingdom and Australia, each swallowed the head of a Lego character and measured how long it took for the body to excrete it. A reference, in case you haven't seen the film, to the song "Everything Is AWESOME!" as well as the pediatricians' blog Don't Forget the Bubbles.
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.
So, what did they find? Participants ingested a Lego head, and the time taken for the object to be found in the participants stool was recorded.
There was some evidence females may be more accomplished at searching through their stools than males but this could not be statistically validated.
To return the heads back to the participants took one to three trips to the toilet, the maximum waiting period was 72 hours minimum 27 hours.
Although extremely tongue in cheek, there is a point to this research. "This will be of use to anxious parents who may worry that transit times may be prolonged and potentially painful for their children". "This will reassure parents, and the authors advocate that no parent should be expected to search through their child's faeces to prove object retrieval". The study was extremely small and limited, but, according to Forbes, "does offer some reassurance to parents and anyone who needs a Lego head to complete a body that such a small toy part will be pooped out without complications, typically in 1 to 3 days".
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