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I agree it probably depends how deep. That happened to a kid I was babysitting one time and his mom just had me butterfly bandage it and he never got stitches. He does still have a scar though, 13 years later.
 

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well - it went all the way through - it has completely stopped bleeding but its just *feels* like I'm supposed to go the ER or it might make me a bad mommy!


Dh - will be home any minute - I'll see what he thinks....
 

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16 months!
On the plus side - she seems totally ok now. Shw was standing on the trampoline (with me right next to her) and came to run into my arms and she tripped and wacked her mouth on the metal ring around it....
 

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May or may not heal with a hole or gap depending on how big it is and if it went totally through. Also, if it went totally through they may want to make a smaller scar or mark by doing stiches to close it up! I would definitely visit a doctor by morning! Good luck!
 

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i bit through to my mouth right under my lower lip also. i was jumping on the trampoline and can down on top of my brother and bit through my lip and then his head. we all went to the ER and he got stitches and i got nothing. i personally would just keep it clean and watch it closely.
 

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Are you sure it is all the way through? My dd did the same thing a month or so ago- at first I was sure it was all the way through (called my mom to come look at it...
) By the time she calmed down and I could get a good look at it (well, as good a look as you can get on a toddler...) it didn't look like it was ALL the way through. It stopped bleeding and was fine. We never did anything else for it after ice and wiping it off that day.

It could have been all the way through- I didn't pin her down and manipulate it... I just decided that stitches and ER would be WAY more traumatic than it was worth.

good luck!

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I took my son in for 2 stitches last year. He was standing on the toilet to look in the mirror and fell, smacking his chin. It wasnt a huge cut, but everytime he talked it gaped open, so I took him in. They said they could supreglue it, but I heard that stitches are better for a face wound, and the scar would be smaller.
It was 2 stitches and didnt bother him at all, healed nice and you can barely see it now.
 

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Originally Posted by MamaInTheBoonies
I thought stitches made more scarring?
Depends.

I have one scar that was "glued" (dermabonded, really), and the crap fell off in like, less than 2 days. Real nice scar.
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Another I have--about the same depth and length, I insisted be sutured, and the scar is MUCH less noticable.

Also, dermabond may not be a good option depending on the location. The cut is on an area that is likely going to be moved daily (talking, eating, etc), as opposed to her forearm. The dermabond would likely flake off more easily, where as stitches would stay put and hold the skin together as it heals.

And on the face they tend to do more stictches--closer together and smaller--to reduce scars. They may even call in a plastic surgeon if the OP has good insurence or is willing to pay.

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Okay, in my experience, I have never gotten stitches, I have either used butterflies or a certain type of glue and you cannot even tell.

My sister OTOH, always decided on stitches and you can see the scars.

Now, it could just be genetics or healing ability...but then how do I explain the top of her head that has no scar after the doctor tied her hairs together, rather than stitch the wound?

Same with my lil sis, she was climbing on a chair turned upside down and fell on the leg, her teeth went through the bottom of her lip, below her lip, the skin part!
And she did not have stitches and you can't even tell that she ever fell. The ER doctors said it would be more traumatic to stitch than to let it heal.
 
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