How can I treat a gash in my boys gums. He fell and it bled and he is in the middle of teething. Any ideas to make him feel better and not get infected?
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Sarah - posted on 02/11/2009
My 2 year old did the same thing. i was so scared b/c she bleed so much and i was worried so i called the dentist and asked them what was best, they told me that mouth injuries heel pretty fast and not to put anything on it like orajel. they said that that would slow down the heeling process. they said just dont give her any acidic foods that can burn it and rinse her mouth out quite a bit, and be careful brushing her teeth to not irriate it.
Jessica - posted on 02/11/2009
My daughter did that, too. Initially I was freaking out, thinking she was going to need stitches. Thankfully it wasn't too bad. If you can get some sort of plastic syringe, try flushing the area with a bit of water after his meals/bottles, to make sure nothing gets stuck in the gash. As with most oral injuries, a bit of salt water may help it to heal faster, too.
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Katie - posted on 02/12/2009
The salt water, like others have suggested, will help some. Fortunately, mouth injuries do tend to heal quickly. It always seems like mouth injuries bleed a lot more than they really are because the blood and saliva mix together.
Ice blocks, It will numb his gums and stop it from hurting, if your worried about infections rinse it with saltwater, my son fell over and busted his gums (causing three teeth to cut) i took him to hospital cause he was bleeding heaps and cause he went all white, his body was in shock but he was fine, this is the advice they gave me.
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