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We Now Officially Know How Long It Takes To Poo Out Lego

30 November 2018, 03:27 | Melissa Porter

Have your kids ever swallowed LEGO and you've wondered how long it would take to come out? Getty Images

Lego experiment

Of course, note the researchers, figures of different shapes and sizes can travel longer, and it may be desirable to repeat the experiment with the hands or bodies of the LEGO men. Lego bricks and heads are common objects tiny tots often put into their mouths and swallow.

Lego is probably one of the world's favorite toys.

There's a lot of Very Important Science being done at the moment, and a new study from the Journal of Pediatrics and Child Health is no exception. The group appear to think life's poo short not to find out how long Lego blocks take to end up at the bottom of the toilet bowl. Based on the Fart score, it only took an average of 1.7 days before the Lego can pass through the bowels; while the Shat score showed no changes in the consistency of their stool.

Before they swallowed the Lego heads, each participant had to keep a 3‐day stool diary, which could be quite disconcerting if confused with a regular diary.

Once recovered from a participant's stool, a Found and Retrieved Time (FART) score was recorded.


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.

"This will reassure parents, and the authors advocate that no parent should be expected to search through their child's feces to prove object retrieval", the researchers said.

To account for any individual differences, pre-ingestion bowel habits were standardized by an appropriately named scale, the Stool Hardness and Transit (or SHAT) score.

And if a Lego head or similar object does go mysteriously AWOL, the pediatricians' advice to parents is not to go looking for it.

Only one of the male doctors failed to find the toy in his poop to which the authors of the study wrote, "females may be more accomplished at searching through their stools than males", although this claim could not be "statistically" proven they added tongue in the cheek.



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