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Infant's dis-solvable stitches on outside lip have fallen due to excessive drooling. Will early fall cause problems?

My 17 month old had 6 dissolvable stitches on her outside lip and one on the inside. I was told to try to leave the sterry strips on for a week but they fell off almost immediately due to the excessive drooling from teething . There is only 1 stitch left. Is that a problem that they came out in 24 hours? I ve tried several different bandages but they all got soaked and fall off. YYYY@YYYY
Fri, 13 Sep 2013
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Dear parent,

Thanks for your concerns. Most likely, if there is no active bleeding there will be no problem, as the oral mucosa heals rather quickly and can even do it by second intention (eg. when the sides of the wound are not next to each other). There may be a larger residual scar, but hopefully that is not the case.


Yours truly,

Dr Brenes-Salazar MD
Mayo Clinic MN
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Infant's dis-solvable stitches on outside lip have fallen due to excessive drooling. Will early fall cause problems?

Dear parent, Thanks for your concerns. Most likely, if there is no active bleeding there will be no problem, as the oral mucosa heals rather quickly and can even do it by second intention (eg. when the sides of the wound are not next to each other). There may be a larger residual scar, but hopefully that is not the case. Yours truly, Dr Brenes-Salazar MD Mayo Clinic MN