Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Chicago suburbs
Fergie ate a knot of yarn, can she pass it?
Since my two girls shred single strings of yarn, I braided three strands together to make one very long piece to tie a toy onto and throw. Fergie loves it, and we've been very careful not to leave it out. Unfortunately Saturday night my husband and I each thought the other one put the toy and string away, and Sunday morning we found it laying in the family room. The knot on the end without the toy is missing. The girls were fine during the day yesterday, but Fergie started throwing up last night and didn't seem to have much energy. We weren't sure if there was anything we could do, so went to bed as normal, and when we got up this morning found six more throw-up spots on the carpet, and some pink yarn fibers in a couple of them. There's no food in the vomit, and since we got up she's thrown up once more, just water. (It was kind of foamy too) She has played just a little, but half-heartedly, and she hasn't eaten anything.
I know if she's got inches of yarn in her it could be very serious, but if it's just the knot can she pass it? The knot is only 3/16 of an inch wide, same size or smaller than her pieces of food. There was about an inch of yarn beyond the knot, so we think the most she has in her is the knot plus the inch-long ends beyond it. The end of the string that's left looks like she only ripped the knot off, because it's a pretty clean tear, not shredded as I would expect it to be if she had chomped a lot of it. I'm envisioning her yanking and biting at the knot until it comes off and she swallows it, then her abandoning the rest of the string as she realizes she wasn't supposed to eat that. When she eats something she's not supposed to she seems to realize it right away and leave whatever's left alone.
Not sure if it's relevant, but she's a year and a half old, with no health problems and normally plenty of energy. Once I'm not freaked out about this I'll figure out how to share some pictures of the two of them.
Any thoughts? Can we wait, or will it be worse for her if we wait and that little bit is tangled in her intestines?
~Diana, happy mom to Fern and Fergie