Mom Warns Parents Against Using Wire-Bristle Grill Brushes After Her Son Swallowed A Bristle And Ended Up In The Hospital

November 21, 2018

One of the many reasons to love summer is that it’s the barbeque season! But let us ask you about one little detail: do you use a metal brush to clean the grill grates? If yes, you may want to choose another way to clean your grill after reading this story.

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One Alberta family was having a great time one evening, when 4-year-old Ollie started crying and saying there was something stuck in his throat. They had been eating grilled chicken, so Ollie’s parents, Jenna and Matt, immediately suspected that the thing stuck in their son’s throat was a wire bristle from the grill brush.

They inspected the chicken they hadn’t eaten yet and found another wire bristle sticking to it. The couple took their son to the hospital, where an X-ray revealed that there was indeed a wire bristle in Ollie’s throat.

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The boy was transferred to another hospital, where the bristle was successfully removed. After their ordeal was over, Jenna took to Facebook and wrote a post about this accident to warn other parents.

Ollie was lucky that the bristle stayed in his throat and didn’t end up in his stomach or intestines, where it could have caused much serious injuries.

Accidents of this kind are more common than you may think. According to one recent study published in the journal Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, over the period of 12 years, about 1,700 Americans ended up in the ER after accidentally swallowing wire bristles in grilled food. This data covers the period from 2002 to 2014 and doesn’t include visits to urgent care facilities.

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Here are a few tips on how to avoid such accidents:

  • if you notice your wire-bristle brush has started to wear out, discard it;
  • carefully check grill grates to make sure there aren’t any bristles sticking to them after each cleaning;
  • consider alternative ways of cleaning the grill, such as using tin foil, pumice stone, wooden scraper, or nylon-bristle brush.

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