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Mouth Injury

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Care at Home

  • STOP THE BLEEDING - UPPER LIP AND FRENULUM: * Cuts of the inside of the upper lip are very common. * Often, the piece of tissue that connects the upper lip to the upper gum is torn. This tissue is called the upper labial frenulum. * The main symptom is oozing tiny amounts of blood. * This cut always heals perfectly without sutures. * For bleeding from the frenulum, use direct pressure. Press the outer lip against the teeth for 10 minutes. * Caution: Once bleeding has stopped, don't pull the lip out to look at it. Reason: The bleeding will start up again. * It's safe to look at it after 3 days.
  • COLD:   * Put a piece of ice or popsicle on the spot that was injured. * Do this for 20 minutes.
  • PAIN MEDICINE: * To help with the pain, give acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) or ibuprofen. Use as needed. See Dose Table.
  • SOFT DIET:   * Try to get your child to drink adequate fluids. * Goal: Keep your child well hydrated. * Cold drinks, milk shakes, popsicles, slushes, and sherbet are good choices. * Solids. Offer a soft diet. Also avoid foods that need much chewing. Avoid citrus, salty, or spicy foods. * Rinse the wound with warm water right away after meals.
  • WHAT TO EXPECT: * Small cuts and scrapes inside the mouth heal up in 3 or 4 days. * Infections of mouth injuries are rare.
  • CALL YOUR DOCTOR IF: * Pain becomes severe * Mouth looks infected (mainly increasing pain or swelling after 48 hours) * Fever occurs * Your child becomes worse
  • STOP THE BLEEDING - LOWER LIP: * Most children who fall and bite their lower lip have 2 cuts. They have cuts to both the outside and inside of the lip. * Catching the lower lip between the upper and lower teeth causes the 2 cuts. This tends to happen in children with an overbite. * These small cuts do not connect with each other. * For bleeding from the lip, use direct pressure. Press the outer lip against the teeth for 10 minutes.
  • STOP THE BLEEDING -TONGUE: * Bites of the tongue rarely need sutures. * Even if they gape open a little, tongue cuts usually heal quickly. If the edges come together when the tongue is still, it needs no treatment. * For tongue bleeding, try to press on the bleeding site with a sterile gauze. You can also use a piece of clean cloth. Do this for 5 minutes if it's practical. * Cuts of the tongue normally tend to ooze a little blood for several hours. This is due to the rich blood supply in the mouth. * For constant oozing of blood, can use a moistened tea bag for 10 minutes. (Reason: tannic acid released from the tea bag may stop the oozing).

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