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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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How can a bleeding tongue wound caused by trauma be treated?

My 16 month old boy just fell and knocked his chin on the coffee table, he put a tooth into his tongue and it's bleeding fairly badly. The wound is a tooth size and not severed. What should I do? He is sleeping at the moment as he would normally but he has a little pool of blood on his pillow. I have been told there is not much to do other than let him rest?
Mon, 19 Oct 2015
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As per your complain bleeding from tongue post trauma is not an abnormal finding and is due to rupture of small blood vessels due to trauma with the tooth..
In case if the bleeding is continues it needs immediate medical attention and if the cut on the tongue there is a possibility that the doctor needs to put stitches to initiate healing and cessation of bleeding..
In case if while sleeping the mouth of your son is pooling with blood you should take care as it can cause choking and breathing difficulty and also aspiration of blood into respiratory passage which can be fatal..
You should make him sleep reclined laterally..
Take him to a Pedodontist or an Oral Surgeon immediately so that he can access the situation and treat accordingly..
As of now you can take a sterile gauge piece and apply moderate pressure over the bleeding area to reduce bleeding.
Cold compresses will also help in cessation of bleeding..

Hope this information helps..

Thanks and regards..
Dr.Honey Nandwani Arora.
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