A child might bite the lip or tongue while eating or during a fall. Even small cuts on the lip or tongue can cause a large amount of bleeding, making it difficult to determine the true size of the injury.
What Parents Should Look For
What Parents Should Do
Wear medical gloves if available.
Have the child rinse his mouth with water so that the site of injury can be identified.
Apply pressure with a piece of gauze or cloth to stop the bleeding.
Apply ice or a cold pack wrapped in a thin cloth to the lip and mouth if there is any swelling.
The child should receive medical care for any injury that might need stitches. An example of an injury that requires stitches is a cut that extends through the lip or across the edge of the tongue.