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Thursday, December 12, 2013
My son bites his tongue
my 6 year old son bite his tongue and now is swolling what should i do
Thank you for your question about a bitten tongue. Tongues have a lot of blood vessels which makes them bleed quite a bit when they are injured. On the other hand it also makes them heal very quickly. Most physicians will not put stitches in a tongue unless the cut extends though the entire tongue. In many cases a very deep cut will heal with in a few days. Another interesting fact is that tongues rarely become infected after a bite or trauma. Certainly if the tongue is so painful that eating is difficult, or the child has a bad odor from the mouth or fever please seek care for evaluation.
Allison A Macerollo, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University