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3 year old having a stitch on the lower lip after an injury. Plastic thread hanging from the stitch. Is it not healing?

Hi Dr, Pls tel us when the stich would fall off and if we need to see the looks like a white plastic thread.. My son is 3 yrs n 5 mon ths n he fel on his lip n d lower lip was stich n we were told that its a dissolvable one...its exactly a week since but the stitches have not fallen of and a white plastic thread is hanging from the end n a little knot along with it is also seen...the lip is completely healed and is al soft n pink..he is finding the thread bothering him on the lip..
Asked On : Sun, 9 Sep 2012
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Dear Ms Smitha,

Since the stitch is of an absorbable nature, it would be prudent to wait and watch. Most often, the sutures tend to fall out in 7 days. If it has unravelled and is hanging and it is bothering him, it would be simple to just snip off the hanging thread using a scissor. Do not pull it out only cut the extra portion. The rest of it should dissolve. I have also found that rubbing a little coke on the stitch line seems to dissolve the stitch faster. No harm in trying it. THe lip and face area generally heals very well in the first 5 days and we are well past this time. So there should be no alarm bells ringing !
Answered: Fri, 14 Sep 2012
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