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Old 09-01-2010, 04:23 PM   #1
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My child ate an acorn?

We were outside playing and my 4yr old collects an acorn. He shows it to his brother (almost 2) and they began playing with it. Normally he isn't the kind of kid to put things in his mouth, I think he's mostly outgrown that phase.
Anywho we go inside the house to prepare for dinner. The acorn in a matter of 2 or 3 min disappears with my 4yr old insisting that his brother ate it. Immediately I do a sweep of his mouth thinking there is no way, and I find no fragments. I smell his breath and didn't smell anything. I say are you sure? And again my 4yr old replies yea he ate it. Now it wasn't a large acorn, but it wasn't small either, I think to myself that there would have to be chewing because he couldn't have swallowed it whole, I don't think anyway. Not without choking or me noticing first. So I don't know what to think.
We have a missing acorn and a brother who swears the other ate it. What's your thoughts?

Are acorns harmful if eaten?

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Re: My child ate an acorn?

I'm pretty sure Native Americans ate acorns.
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Re: My child ate an acorn?

They can actually be dried and ground into flour (at least the ones here can ) DH will actually munch on raw ones as well. I bet your kiddo will be just fine!
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Thanks mamas, I didn't think they were harmful. I can recall eating some as a youngster and I'm still alive just wanted to make sure, KWIM.
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Re: My child ate an acorn?

The things that kids do!
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only when the tree starts growing! lol
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Re: My child ate an acorn?

haha I ate quite a few of those growing up.
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If it doesn't digest it'll just come out the other end
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Re: My child ate an acorn?

Look for it in a couple of days hehe...theyre not harmful
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Re: My child ate an acorn?

Nope, not harmful. I'm part Lumbee Indian (a North Carolina tribe) and my grandmother would send me out to collect acorns for her acorn bread and pancakes.

The bitter stuff is tannin. It can cause stomach upset if a lot is ingested--we would leech it out by grinding the acorns, then washing over and over with water.

Your little one should be just fine. My only worry is the coming out part...if you notice that there is a bit of straining going on, see if you can get some olive oil in that tummy. Will help move things along :-)
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