Six physicians had swallowed Lego pieces for the sake of experiment

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Image Six doctors have eaten Lego heads for an experiment

"The Fart score - how many days it took the Lego to pass through the bowels - was between 1.1 days and three days, with an average of 1.7 days", wrote the Guardian. Dead flies, half-sucked candy found on the ground, erasers... and one of the most popular items, besides coins, are small toy parts.

And one of the major culprits are the bazillion pieces of Lego scattered around the house - because let's be honest, we are either forever standing on the teeny bits, while yelping in pain and desperately trying not to swear - or our darling kids are devouring them whenever they feel the inexplicable need. And if so, how long does the journey take?

"A toy object quickly passes through adult subjects with no complications", the authors wrote in a paper published in the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health.

While the research proves that it seems to be mostly OK if you end up swallowing a Lego head, the speed in which it exits the body would possibly differ for children, who are most prone to swallowing foreign objects.

Another score, Stool Hardness and Transit - or SHAT - found that the consistency of their stools did not change with the plastic in their bodies. One of the researchers wasn't able to retrieve his ingested LEGO toy, which means he may have missed it during a flush.

The doctors filmed themselves swallowing LEGO heads
Image The doctors times how long it took for the toys to pass through

The results showed that the time it takes to pass a Lego is actually quite short.

Researcher Grace Leo told The Guardian: "We all ingested our Lego between 7am and 9am in our own time zone, with a glass of water". The primary outcome was the Found and Retrieved Time (FART) score.

There was some evidence females may be more accomplished at searching through their stools than males but this could not be statistically validated.

The study is aimed at finding the time that it takes for a piece to "transit" through a person's digestive system safely and be found on the other side. As it turns out, parents need not worry because Lego heads should turn up in feces just a few days after.

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