Catherine - posted on 01/02/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )
My eighteen month old daughter's mouth has been bleeding. I discovered today that the little thing that connects the upper lip to the gums has detached in some way from the gums.
Yesterday it was bleeding but she fights me when I try to look at her mouth, so it was hard to tell, and I thought her gums were bleeding around her front teeth, (her right front tooth is a tad crooked and too close to the left one). I haven't ever taken her to the dentist because there has never been a reason.
After looking it up, I see that having an "attached fenulum" is common and causes things like hard time breast feeding, problems with tooth spacing and so forth. Looking back I am thinking maybe it was attached and I never noticed? She had a hard time breast feeding, and all her teeth are really close together and they're a little crooked in the front. She always has had a hard time with teething (compared to my 3yr old who never even acted like it ever bothered him).
I also read that sometime just during play a child can hit their mouth and it can tear this, or severe it from the gums. As far as I know she hasn't had any big hits to the mouth, but then again, she's not really a crier, so I could have missed it if she did and didn't cry.
I know there's a lot of assuming going on here, but I don't want to take her to the doc/dentist if it isn't necessary and if it will heal on its own, especially if it was actually a problem in the first place for it to be attached and now has potentially fixed itself.
So is this a dental problem? or something you take your baby to the doctor for?
I'm not sure what she is doing to cause it to start bleeding again, unless maybe she tore it and it is further tearing when she agitates it.
Any info, stories, or advice would be appreciated. :)
Thank you so much.
(and sorry this message is a little erratic, two toddlers climbing on me while I was typing. haha)