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We Now Officially Know How Long It Takes To Poo Out Lego

We Now Officially Know How Long It Takes To Poo Out Lego”

Scientists swallow toy heads to solve burning question Six curious scientists have answered a freakish call of doodie to explore how long it takes for a piece of Lego, the children's toy, to complete its wonderful journey through the body once it's been swallowed. "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".

Researchers were keen to stress that people should not replicate the study at home - and that parents should contact a doctor if they are concerned about anything their child has swallowed.

Researchers swallowed the legos just to check how long does it take for it to come out. Participants ingested a Lego head, and the time taken for the object to be found in the participants stool was recorded.

Lead researcher Dr Andrew Tagg wrote in the Journal of Pediatrics and Child Health that it was likely toy parts would pass faster through a child's more immature gut than the average 1.7 days it took for adults in their study.

Six paediatricians from Australia and the United Kingdom in the experiment, swallowed on the head man from Lego and waited complete its passage through the gastrointestinal tract.

In comic fashion, they ranked the softness of their stool samples on a scale they called the Stool Hardness and Transit (SHAT) scale.

The SHAT results showed that the consistency of the researchers' stools were not affected by the object they swallowed.

Only one of the male doctors failed to find the toy in his poop to which the authors of the study wrote, "females may be more accomplished at searching through their stools than males", although this claim could not be "statistically" proven they added tongue in the cheek. "I passed it on the first stool afterwards and was very relieved", she said.

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. "That should save parents some heartache, unless that Lego head is dearly loved".



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