What do you when you accidentally swallowed fish bone?

@secretbear (19464)
Philippines
September 9, 2011 1:38am CST
I was eating rice and fish during my lunch break and whenever I eat fish, I always remember the awful time back in my childhood when I accidentally swallowed a small fish bone that sent me crying buckets of tears. I don't know if this memory is true or not but I remember my cousin getting a cat and using its paw to massage my neck which hurt because of the fish bone. Since cats love fish bones, my cousin probably thought it can help ease the pain in my throat. lol But whenever I accidentally swallow a fish bone, I just stuff my mouth with lots of rice and swallow it altogether without chewing it much so the fish bone would be pushed by the rice down my stomach.
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@vycess (1590)
• Saudi Arabia
9 Sep 11
I also experienced that. It is really painful and my mother said that there's a saying that cat paws can help when massaging your neck by it's paws. I don't know where it started. But I use banana slice and swallowed it without chewing.
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
11 Sep 11
So it was a saying after all! I thought my cousin was just pulling my leg, then.
@Humanicon (328)
• India
9 Sep 11
I have swallowed fish bones many times but still i never encountered a situation where the bone gets struck into the food pipe. A friend of my friend had a situation like this.He was a vegetarian.He had never consumed a fish before. This happened during a outing with friends.He saw fish there and decided to try, but due to the fear that other friends might tease him for consuming fish, he sneaked and consumed it.since it was first time for him he did not knew how to eat and the bone got struck in his neck because of this.He panicked when when it pained.The other friends brought bananas and made him eat them.With bananas the bone got swallowed and he got relief from pain. Usually when ever a fish is stuck in neck the banana are preferred.
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
11 Sep 11
He should not have been ashamed to eat fish for the first time! Look what did he get from hiding it. Yeah, banana can get rid of fish bone, too.
• Malaysia
9 Sep 11
That's quite an interesting way to treat it. When I swallow a fish bone, I try to somehow displace it. I try coughing and clearing my throat. If it still doesn't work then I try rinsing it and swallowing a lot of water to wash it down.
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
11 Sep 11
Next time that happens, try swallowing a lump of rice without chewing or a banana.
• Malaysia
11 Sep 11
Thanks for your suggestion but to tell you the truth, I'd be scared that the rice or banana would get stuck too or somehow make the fish bone get stuck deeper.
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
12 Sep 11
I think that can only happen if the fish bone you swallowed is really big. But if it's only small, then it would taken down by the rice or banana or bread. Then you can follow it with water so it would easily go down. The muscles in our throat our smooth so food easily goes down.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
9 Sep 11
I cough and drink lots of water. I hope it either comes up into a napkin or goes down. I wouldn't want to choke or stop breathing. I often use my fingers to check for bones now. It's not very polite, but it could save my life. Very important if you have children to really, really check their fish.
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
11 Sep 11
Does coughing works for you? Yep. I have a little niece and nephew and whenever I feed them, I check the piece of fish carefully before putting it to their mouth.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
11 Sep 11
Sometimes coughing works. You're a good Aunt. Maybe somehow we should remind people to really check when they care for children. Take care
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
12 Sep 11
Aw, thanks. But isn't it natural for us to make sure that the food the children eat are safe?
@thatgirl13 (7307)
• South Korea
9 Sep 11
Hello secretbear When I was a kid, I hear if one swallowed fish bone, they'd die (not sure how much of this is true though) and maybe because of this, I have despised fish ever since a kid. I did't eat fish a lot and didn't really get use to the the taste of it, unless they are fried (anything fried tastes yummy LOL) Anyway I get so scared eating fishes even this day, I prefer not eating fish at all Some of them are so full of bones that I don't find anything to eat at all!
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• South Korea
11 Sep 11
I guess it is. And since I didn't like it since I was a kid, I think the chances of liking them again are very low. And the other thing is, sometimes I take away all the bones, with the help of my mom, and in the end there's really nothing to eat LOL
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
12 Sep 11
Maybe you should hire an expert in removing fish bones from fishes.
• South Korea
13 Sep 11
Haha well that would be my mom
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@knicnax (2234)
• Philippines
9 Sep 11
there's a myth here in the Philippines that when you have a fish bone stuck in your through you should let a suhe (a person born feet first then head) massage your throat. I haven't tried it cause I rarely get fishbones stuck in my throat. My mum told me (jokingly) that I have cat abilities. haha. Anyway, stuffing your mouth with rice seems to work, but you might choke that way! It's dangerous. What we do at home is we eat bananas so that the fishbone will stick to the banana
@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
11 Sep 11
I have also heard that saying about suhe. Our country is really rich with weird beliefs, don't you think? You can choke with bananas, too. But just as long as we eat the right size of banana chunk, or right amount of rice, we won't choke. And besides, we can always drink water immediately.
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@knicnax (2234)
• Philippines
12 Sep 11
but won't you drown if you're throat's stuck with food? anyway, I agree, the Philippines has a lot of superstitions that make our culture very interesting and conflicting
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
15 Sep 11
You won't drown with a glassful of water. What will happen is that the water will just push down the food in your throat, of course with the force of swallowing the water. And our throat has smooth muscles so anything that's there would go down eventually.
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@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
16 Sep 11
lol =D Your cousin is so cute!!! Get a cat's paw to massage your neck?? lol =D IF only that can work!! It should be a cute sight for everybody around u back then, secret.. hehe There are many ways to do it when one gets chocked on a fish bone. Some older chinese saying even used a bowl and a pair of chopsticks, putting the bowl on the head, knocking it with the chopsticks, using the force of it to push the bone down the throat.. lol =D As for myself, i avoid fish with many bones, or fish with small bones.. haha
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
17 Sep 11
I can't imagine how a bowl and a chopstick would work.
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@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
22 Sep 11
BY knocking on the head, in the hope of pushing the fish bone down the throat.. haha :D
@myfb2009 (8304)
• Malaysia
12 Sep 11
It had been a few times in my life that i ever accidentally swallowed some fish bones. Usually, i will try to drink plenty of water with a big gulp. If it is still sticking in my throat. I will go for a big soften gulp of rice or even soften bread and swallowed them without chewing them into smaller components. It can surely pushed down into our stomach. Well, i haven't tried your cousin way of healing the fish bone problem, since i don't have any cat with me now...Can it really helps the fish bone to disappear or not? Sounds quite interesting....
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
15 Sep 11
No, cats can't help in this case! It was just superstition.
@myfb2009 (8304)
• Malaysia
19 Sep 11
So, still by gulping down big round ball of soft rice or bread still works the wonder. Luckily, i didn't tell my sister about this new method using cat. Otherwise, my sister surely will laugh at me...
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@neildc (17253)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
13 Sep 11
i also do that, swallow a bigger amount of rice in hope to pull the bone and go together with the rice when it goes in. sometimes, i swallow a bigger bite of banana which my mother told me.
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
15 Sep 11
Thanks for the response Neil.
@rhane7315 (5673)
• Philippines
12 Sep 11
back when i was a kid, whenever i accidentally swallowed a fish bone my cousin would told me to eat a banana so that the fish bone would go down to my stomach but if i were accidentally swallowed a fish bone right now, i just usually drink lots of water
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
15 Sep 11
It's better to eat something solid as it would quickly push down the fish bone rather than water.
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
10 Sep 11
Oh my..I have never heard of having a cat massage your neck.. That's very strange to me. The rice sounds more logical in helping, though I have never heard of doing that. Good thing I never swallowed a fish bone..but now I will know what to do it I get a fish bone stuck in m throat so thank you Sometimes when I take a large vitamin/mineral pill I feel it's stuck in my throat and I was told to eat a piece of bread to help the situation.
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
11 Sep 11
Yes, that's same with swallowing a piece of fish bone. Aside from bread and rice, you can also try banana.
@bingskee (5237)
• Philippines
10 Sep 11
another method is to swallow a big chunk of banana, not munching it, but swallowing the chunk all the way down. there are many sayings about this which probably are myths. one of these is to let a person born in breech position to massage the neck part where it hurts. true? i really dont know.
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
11 Sep 11
For sure, it's not true! There's no scientific basis for it.
@cream97 (29166)
• United States
9 Sep 11
I kind of get scared. I will try to remain as calm as possible. I also will drink some water, hoping that this will ease the bone down my throat gently. This is one reason why my husband does not like fish or chicken that has bones in it. He is very uncomfortable with eating any meat that has bones in it. He swallowed a fish bone one time and it got stuck inside of his throat, so from this, he no longer enjoys eating fish or chicken that has small bones that he can't really see, but yet feel.
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
11 Sep 11
What did you do when your husband accidentally swallowed a fish bone? You can try swallowing a lump or rice, a piece of bread, or a banana without chewing it when this happens to any of you.
@Judy890 (1633)
• United States
9 Sep 11
This happened to a friend of mine she was shocking on it for about 30 seconds thank god it came back up from her throat. I get boneless fish I'm scared to eat fish with bones so that I wont choke. Try to force it out put your hands down your throat and force yourself to throw up. But I would recommended eating boneless fish.
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
11 Sep 11
Boneless fish is good but it's not always available and you can't always take all the bones when you cook a fish. Next time it happens to you (but I hope it does not), try swallowing a lump of rice without chewing it or a banana.
@bnpraveen (172)
• India
9 Sep 11
hai friend it is very simple,i experienced this many times whle eating fish with rice, when ever fish bone stucks or when you swallowed dont drink water, swallow white rice as much as you can
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
11 Sep 11
Thanks for the response!
@voracious (624)
• Philippines
9 Sep 11
I swallowed fishbone when I was in highschool and my uncle told me that I need to get a cat and let their paws massage my neck and it works. I don't know if there's a scientific study about catpaws regarding the removal of fishbone.
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
11 Sep 11
I don't think there is. It's just an old saying.
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
9 Sep 11
I've also been told to swallow a lump of rice when we accidentally swallowed fish bones. I've tried it and it worked. Other than that I have no clue.
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
11 Sep 11
Bananas.
@much2say (40034)
• United States
9 Sep 11
Oh yes, this has happened to me many times as a kid - well, swallowing fish bones (not getting it stuck though). But I don't remember worrying about it - like you said, most likely I'd be eating it with rice anyway, so it'd all go down. These days I chew my food well, so if I feel any bones, I spit it out right away. But sometimes those teeny bits of bone make it in.
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
11 Sep 11
I remember my 6-year old nephew Zyron. He always get me amazed when we eat fish because he's able to take out the fish bone when he's chewing his meal.
@emjay86 (640)
• Philippines
9 Sep 11
When a fish bone gets stuck, my mother suggest eating overcooked rice. The hard-textured one. It smells rather charred. It's good to eat when you have fish bone stuck on your throat. They say banana helps too..
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
11 Sep 11
You mean tutong?
@SIMPLYD (81357)
• Philippines
9 Sep 11
Your topic makes me remember those times too. It is indeed the belief of others that the cat's massage to our neck could dislodge the thorn of the fish in our throat. But then of course that only a belief , that is not true. I do that too, whenever i got a thorn in my throat. Or if there is a banana available , i would swallow a big chunk without chewing it. Thankfully, it dislodged the thorn in my throat.
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
11 Sep 11
Thanks for the response SIMPLYD.