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Accedently Swallowed Some Gum

Posted by freedancer, on Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:38 pm

This is probably a dumb question but I accidentally swallowed a piece of gum.  Can this cause a blockage of my ileostomy??  I do not chew gum much and just forgot and swallowed it.

Reply by Two bags, on Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:24 pm

Hi, not a dumb question at all. I have an ileostomy and get blockages from certain foods, however, I have never swallowed a piece of gum. I have thought about it happening to me, and yes, I would be concerned, depending on the size of the piece of gum. I would imagine gum does not break down from digestive juices. I can't say for sure, as it has not happened to me. Please let us know what happened, it's an interesting question.

Reply by Bill, on Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:57 am

Yes! please let us know the outcome (or output). I have had bits of solid food that have remained intact and passed through without any problem so, I would presume that gum would do the same.

As two bags says - an interesting question!

Best wishes


Reply by Xerxes, on Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:43 pm

Assuming that you swallowed a normal size piece you should have no problem If, on the other hand, you swallowed an over-size wad then you might run into trouble.



Reply by britathrt60, on Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:37 am

I think a normal size piece of gum will be ok....good luck.

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