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My son bites his tongue

10/23/2006

Question:

my 6 year old son bite his tongue and now is swolling what should i do

Answer:

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.

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Response by:

Allison A Macerollo, MD Allison A Macerollo, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University