Originally Posted by Sister Ray
That isn't really that hard - all that separates them is a flap of skin. However, if you did swallow such into the lungs, presumably you could cough to get it out. It could also be suctioned out. I really can't think of a single reason it would suffocate you and that nothing could be done about it.
Sister "the inventiveness of ul's never ceases to amaze me" Ray
Oh, understand how it could happen. I do that all the time. But like you mentioned, you would try to cough it up, and the UL makes no mention of that (and I've heard it a few times). I should have stated what I was saying more clearly. How could a baby get the required amount into his lungs without him coughing so much and so loudly that his parents would have heard and stopped him in the act?
BTW, I use "him" because when I've heard the story, it was boy.