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#1 of 4 Old 11-16-2013, 10:37 AM - Thread Starter
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Hi everyone,

I don't know if I'm posting my question in the correct forum but here it goes. My 1 y/o fell of the bed and cut her tongue pretty bad. I was going to take her to the hospital but a friend of mine told me that they usually don't give stitches. That the tongue will heel fast and on its own.

Has anyone had this sad experience? She's sleeping but she will wake up hungry and most likely in pain. What type of food should I give her? And any medicine recommendations would be greatly appreciate.

Thank you :'(
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#2 of 4 Old 11-16-2013, 05:13 PM
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It depends on how it looks. Less than 1 centimeter, and it mostly goes back together on its own ( ie not a flap that hangs off or sticks out - probably won't get stitched. I have seen some that are just a wee bit worse than that, not stitched, which healed sort of funny/ lumpy but OK. The ideal person to fix is is an ear/nose / throat doctor, some ER doctors do it too. I think it can be done only if it is within ??12 hrs of the injury. Anything squishy for food. And after eating solids, maybe drinking water (or nursing) to rinse the area. I would recommend calling your pedi in the morning to check on their recommendation.
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#3 of 4 Old 11-16-2013, 09:08 PM
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Aw, sorry to hear this! My guy fell off the couch and bonked his head when he was five months old. I felt so awful! He was obviously fine (smiling and laughing minutes later) but I still took him to the doctor just to be sure. He was fine and they did nothing besides reassure me, and for me the trip was worth it for that! Even if they don't end up stitching yr baby's tongue, it wouldn't hurt for them to take a peek at it, right? Or you could call a consulting nurse for some insight about what foods to offer. Good luck!

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Tongues do heal quick. Soft foods, stay away from crazy salty and sweet probably. Popsicles might feel good.
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