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Cuts and Wounds of the Mouth and Lips

Children often get minor cuts, wounds, and lacerations to the mouth and lips while playing, climbing, or during sports activities. Most of these injuries can be handled at home with simple first-aid treatment. The gums, tongue, and lips have a rich blood supply and when cuts occur, these areas may bleed excessively.

First-aid for superficial cuts and wounds:

When should I call my child's physician?

Specific treatment for cuts and wounds of the mouth that require more than minor treatment at home will be determined by your child's physician. In general, call your child's physician for cuts and wounds of the mouth that are:

Also call your child's physician if:

Preventing mouth injuries:

The following are a few guidelines to use for preventing mouth injuries in children:

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