Help! Has anyone had their child/baby tear their lip frenum and get it caught between the two front teeth?

Jenny - posted on 09/05/2011 ( 17 moms have responded )

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My 15 month old had a fall and caught her frenum between her two front teeth 11 days ago. It has not healed, and she disturbs it everyday resulting in another tear and bleeding.



I've taken her to the ER twice, doctors twice, and today was seen by a child dentist. The doctors recommend that it needs surgical correction, but the dentist insists to leave it heal on its own. But it's been almost two weeks and still continues to tear and bleed on a daily basis.



Just wondering if this has happened to anyone's baby and how long did it take to heal/ did it fix its self?



The dentist said that because of her age, they are unlikely to want to intervene. I am worried though because its is rather large and lodged in there quite well.



Help and advice please!

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Alisha - posted on 09/13/2011

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My son had this happen he was walking with his pacifier and fell and sliced it, it bled really bad! Took him to the er and they said there was nothing that could really be done just watch him with it. We took all of his toys away minus stuffed animals and he only ate soft foods and very cold drinks. The best thing that helps was ice water, the minute i noticed it start bleeding again i would give him ice water and it helped stop it. It took about 2 weeks of no toys and soft food before it was fully healed. Hope she heals quick for you!

Danielle - posted on 09/13/2011

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I haven't read the other posts but my brother did this when he was 2 and my mom always tells people the story. The dentist told her to teach him not to lift his lip up because it will prolong the healing and warned her that it would "turn every color of the rainbow". He also advised brushing his teeth with a q-tip rather than a toothbrush because it's softer and you don't want to cause the teeth to become too loose (assuming she hit them) Anyway, his healed on his own without any intervention. Hope that helps!

Julie - posted on 09/14/2011

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It will heal... giver her simple things to suck on to keep her mind off of it - like the solution for teething pain that numbs gums -

Jenny - posted on 09/09/2011

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Thank you for the support Tanya :)
She was seen by a Pediatrition at the ER twice :(
These last two days have gone a bit better, no bleeding, so I'm happy to wait a little while like they want me to, but if its starts bleeding again, I'm gonna get real hyped up.
I had my local doctor send the Pedriatric Surgeon a letter about her, so now waiting to here from him. Fingers crossed!

Tanya - posted on 09/11/2011

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No problem Jenny!!! I am very protective when it comes 2 my kids! I have 3 boys aged 10, 5 and 2. They are my world and when they are concerned I will go to whatever lengths I need to 4 them to be ok :) so I totally understand where ur coming from! I'm glad that it's doing better and hopefully it stays that way, but just trust ur gut! It's called women's intuition for a reason :) keep me posted :) take care x

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VARSHA - posted on 09/09/2013

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My 9 months baby bumped his lips on the baby cort n bleed so much. I gave him ice cube to stop the bleeding. After he goes to sleep I lift his lips to see where the blood comes from. I got shocked when saw his lip frenulum torn. Will his lip frenulum heal n join back as it is before? I'm so worry thinking of his lips whether it will join back or not. I couldn't sleep at all thinking of this. Pls anyone can help me? Any of u moms face this problems with ur babies or kids?

Rhondan0623 - posted on 09/15/2011

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My son did this. we were all so worries about it, but it just grew back together. The mouth is the fastest healing body part. Don't worry, just don't lift the lip to check on it, that will keep it tearing even more. I know it's hard but just leave it alone and it will take care of itself.

Jennifer - posted on 09/14/2011

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I actually had my son's frenum clipped to avoid this happening to him. It took about 2 weeks or so to heal nicely. He just turned 2 when we had it done.
At 15 months, the doctors don't want to do any type of surgical intervention due to the dangers of anesthesia, which is a valid concern. I took my son to see an ENT (ear, nose, throat) to have him evaluated before the procedure as I was concerned about the issues he was having with his speech (his top lip was tied so tight by the frenum that it didn't move when he spoke), and the dr. agreed.
If your daughter is open to using a mesh teether with some ice in it when it hurts and/or is bothering her, have her try that. If it doesn't heal up within another week, I suggest taking her to an ENT to have her evaluated.
Good luck to you!

Jenny - posted on 09/13/2011

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Thanks Alisha.
It's been over two weeks now and its finally stopped bleeding! Thought it will never stop, but it finally has. Thank God.

Tanya - posted on 09/09/2011

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Have u taken her to a Pediatrician? Maybe that would help? Or just sit at ur doctors and put ur case girly to them and tell them ur not leaving without some decent action. Mothers intuition is a huge thing NOT to be messed with!!! Stick with it, keep going back to them take lots of photos and record all ur observations and send letters to the hospitals, local health ministers etc. Pull out all the stops and hopefully someone will listen! Don't give up! U know ur child best! Good luck x

Cara - posted on 09/07/2011

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MY oldest daughter did that once when she was about 18mo. she was running and playin and fell with her sippy cut and tore it. It bled something awful, i actually had thought she bit a chuck off her tongue or something. We gave her a piece of ice(she loves ice) and got the bleeding to slow enough to see what happened. We didn't have any problems really with it not healing tho. For the first day or 2 it was really tender and bled fairly easily and we just gave her ice each time. Hers healed in a couple weeks.

Jenny - posted on 09/06/2011

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yes its still stuck there. We originally tried to pull it out but was too painful for her and it didn't move a bit. I think I would prefer a specialist to do that and have her go under.

Amanda - posted on 09/06/2011

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I think its jus tone of those sensitive areas in your mouth that will be prone to reopening and will heal eventually. It might just take some time.

We had an incident with my son biting through his tongue a few months back. We kept icing it and got him to rinse his mouth out with salt water, he is 3 though. It healed really well within about 2 weeks but he did have a small flap for a while after. All up that took exactly a month to fully heal and he has a small scar on his tongue.

I was told by the doctor to keep it clean and to avoid eating anything too hot, nothing spicy, and nothing that was too hard or would break off and get caught and reopen the wound

Janell - posted on 09/06/2011

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So what your saying is its still "in" her front teeth?? Put it this way, have you ever stabbed around the area in your mouth? Hurts like hell!! I'm just saying it has to hurt, if it were your own mouth you would do something to get it out of there, ouch!!! She's young and she'll never remember.

Jenny - posted on 09/06/2011

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Thanks Amanda.
I put hospital grade mouth paint on it to keep it clean. Just can't wait for it to heal, but I don't see how it will, being caught in her teeth :(

Amanda - posted on 09/06/2011

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A friend of mines daughter has done this a few times. They leave it to heal on its own. Not sure how long it takes to heal, sorry.

I know with any sort of trauma to the mouth or tongue they normally don't intervene.

If she will let you can you try and rinse or clean it with some salt water.

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