Once your little one gets teeth, biting becomes an issue. If you're lucky he won't be biting others, but your...
Once your little one gets teeth, biting becomes an issue. If you're lucky he won't be biting others, but your baby might bite himself. I'm not sure exactly why bit cheeks, tongues, and lips are so common among young kids, but I'm guessing it's because... 1. Little kids are curious about their new teeth and like to run their lip or tongue over them. 2. Small kids are unsteady walkers and more inclined to fall and bite themselves. 3. Little ones aren't the best eaters. They chew too fast, stuff their little mouth, and bite down on their silverware. What to do if your child bites himself: Don't be too upset by the blood. Many a small child is just fine until they notice that their mama has lost it at the sight of blood. Make sure you know that cuts inside the mouth or on the lip tend to bleed a lot for such a small area. Seeing what appears to be a lot of blood is normal for a fresh mouth cut. Stay calm, so you don't freak your tot out.
- Have your child rinse his mouth with lukewarm water.
- Hold a cold compress to his lip.
- If the inside of your child's mouth is cut, hold a small piece of clean gauze to the area. Press firmly, but not too hard. Gauze should stop bleeding in an average cut in a wet area (like the mouth).
- If god forbid, your tot actually bit part of his tongue off - I know - not cool. But if he falls into a table or hard enough to the floor it could happen. This is not a treat it yourself situation, go to the emergency room stat.
- If the bleeding won't stop after 15 minutes AND pressure from the gauze doesn't seem to be halting the blood flow, call the dentist or doctor. You may need to go into the clinic.
- If your child is REALLY complaining of pain at the spot where he bit himself, and it's been more than half a day, that's unusual, so I'd call the dentist or doctor.