A child might bite the lip or tongue while eating or during a fall. Even small cuts on the lip or tongue can cause a large amount of bleeding, making it difficult to determine the true size of the injury.
What Parents Should Look For
- A cut on the lip or tongue
What Parents Should Do
- Wear medical gloves if available.
- Have the child rinse his mouth with water so that the site of injury can be identified.
- Apply pressure with a piece of gauze or cloth to stop the bleeding.
- Apply ice or a cold pack wrapped in a thin cloth to the lip and mouth if there is any swelling.
- The child should receive medical care for any injury that might need stitches. An example of an injury that requires stitches is a cut that extends through the lip or across the edge of the tongue.