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Mom Rx: Treating a Mouth Wound

Mouth wounds bleed a lot, but they're usually not as bad as they look. Try to keep your child (and yourself) calm  -- a hug and a quiet voice go a long way with kids. There's no need to call the pediatrician unless the bite goes all the way through. Just:

1. Rinse her tongue with cold water if there's dirt or food in her mouth.

2. Apply cold pressure with ice or  -- even better  -- a frozen fruit bar. (If her tongue is still bleeding after 30 minutes, call the doc.)

3. Offer soft foods for a day or two, and try to avoid anything acidic.

4. Be patient. Most wounds heal within seven to ten days, and it's rare for tongue bites to become infected.

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