Mouth injuries, nosebleeds, and objects stuck where they shouldn’t be!
This crayon would be easy to remove….beads on the other hand may be another story!…. 🙂
Ever hear that “hurt cry” and see your little one’s mouth bleeding like crazy? I can remember walking into our son’s room seeing him seemingly covered with blood after he hit his mouth on the crib rail. I can’t lie, I had a bit of panic. I tend to forget much of what I know when my own kids get hurt. Mouths bleed a lot, and mix that in with tears and drool and you have a child that often looks more hurt than he or she is!
- Don’t panic!
- Clean the area with a cold wash cloth or gauze and see where the bleeding is coming from.
- Apply a cold pack or cold wash cloth and pressure to the area.
- Tongues, lips, gums, or other areas of the mouth seldom need stitches. Call your health care provider if you feel your child needs to be evaluated. Mouths heal very quickly!
- To reduce pain and swelling let your child suck on a popsicle or frozen fruit in a mesh bag.
- If your child’s teeth were hit, chipped or loosened, contact your dentist.
- Over the next weeks, watch for signs of a tooth abscess such as fever, swollen gums, or pain. Watch for a color change of the injured tooth. Contact your dentist for any problems.
- Give your child some extra TLC and soft foods as needed.
If a permanent tooth is chipped or broken:
- Collect the tooth or pieces of the tooth and put it in a cup of milk. If there is no milk available, tap water can be used but the chlorine in the water can damage the tooth’s root.
- Rinse the damaged are of the mouth with water.
- Place a cold compress to the area to help stop the bleeding.
- Call your child’s dentist right away or head to the Emergency Room. The quicker your child is seen, the greater chance the permanent tooth can be saved.
Nosebleeds are very common in children. There is a group of blood vessels near the end of a nose that often become dry and cracked causing bleeding or will bleed if a child gets hit in the nose.
- Sit down calmly with your child and gently squeeze the soft portion of the tip of the nose between your thumb and finger so the nostrils are pinched closed. Lean your child slightly forward to avoid swallowing any blood.
- Put pressure on this area for a several minutes, check for bleeding, if bleeding continues apply pressure for another 10 minutes. Do not check for bleeding every few minutes because you will disturb the clot that is forming. If the bleeding does not stop with the pressure, call your healthcare provider.
- If the nosebleed is because of dryness (common in the winter with the heat going). Put a vaporizer in your child’s room and put petroleum jelly just inside your child’s nose to keep the tissues moist. After a nosebleed some children will tend to “pick” at the dry scabbed area causing it to bleed again.
Object or irritation in the eye
If you think that your child has something in his or her eye…
- Wash your hands well before touching the eye.
- Do not touch, press or rub the eye and try to keep your child from touching it. Rubbing may cause the eye to get scratched. You may have to swaddle a young child to hold the child still.
- Put your child on the kitchen counter and tilt your child’s head back over the sink with the hurting eye down. Gently pull down on the lower lid, and lightly pour a steady stream of water from a pitcher or the faucet over the eye. This will flush the eye even if your child is crying.
- If the irritation or foreign body cannot be flushed from the eye, see a medical provider.
- If you see a foreign body embedded in the eye, go straight to the emergency room. Cover the injured eye with a small paper cup taped in place. This will keep the child from rubbing it and also will keep any pressure off of the eye and the foreign body.
Object in the Ear or Nose
Yes, children put things where they are not supposed to go…fingers in ears and noses…and sometimes other things too. I have seen a raisin, a pea, a peanut, a bead, a small Lego, and a Barbie shoe in places they should not be!
- If the object is sticking out and easy to remove, gently remove it by hand or with tweezers and then get medical help if necessary.
- If you cannot see it, do not reach inside the ear or nose with tweezers.
- Try using gravity to get an object out. Do not strike the child’s head, but lean the child over. Try having the child “blow” if the object is in the nose.
- Do not rinse the ear or nose with water, water will swell soft objects making it more difficult to remove.
- Seek medical help if you are unable to remove the object easily.
- Watch your child closely…many times children who have put things in their ear or nose will become “repeat offenders”!
A little laundry detergent for the blood and a lot of TLC and most of these injuries are taken care of just fine. More First Aid tips to come…stay tuned!
Take a breath, enjoy the joyful moments of each day, and remember you don’t have to be perfect to be the perfect parent.