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Mouth injuries are common in children and are often less serious than they look. Even a small cut or puncture wound inside the mouth may bleed a lot because there are many small blood vessels in the head and neck area. Because of their good blood supply injuries in the mouth usually heal very quickly.
What can I do to help my child recover?
- Keep the mouth area as clean as possible by encouraging your child to rinse their mouth out with clean water after eating
- Give your child an ice lolly/ice pole to suck on to soothe the discomfort
- Please give your child regular pain medicine such as paracetamol and/or ibuprofen (refer to the instructions on the bottle/packet regarding doses and frequency)
- Avoid salty, hot or spicy foods for a few days
- If your child has been given a course of antibiotics, please make sure they finish the full course
Things to look out for
If your child experiences any of the following symptoms in the first three days, bring your child back to the Children’s Emergency Department (CED) or the nearest A&E.
- Worsening sore throat
- Hoarse voice
- Difficulty breathing
- Swelling or redness around the face or neck
Most mouth injuries in children are very minor and heal quickly without complications.
If your child’s teeth are loose or damaged, you will need to have this assessed by your local dentist. Emergency dentist information can be found below.
iDental Care Limited
Brighton and Hove Emergency Dental Service BN2 9NE
Out of Hours: Weekdays from 5.30pm – Weekends from 9.00am
iDental Care Limited 03000 242 548
NHS Dental Helpline 03000 123 1663
Our aim is to provide information that will help you understand your child’s injury and enable the appropriate after-care. There are lots of useful injury leaflets to download at the Royal Alexandra website.
NHS 111 – 24hr advice line
Brighton Walk-In Centre 0333 321 0946
Practice Plus GP 0300 130 3333
7 days a week 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
The information in this leaflet is for guidance purposes only and is in no way intended
to replace professional clinical advice by a qualified practitioner.