A to Z: Open Wound, Mouthenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgLearn more about mouth wounds and how they're treated.mouth wound in baby, mouth wound in toddler, mouth wound in preschooler, mouth wound in gradeschooler, mouth wound in teen, mouth wound in baby, mouth wound in babies, mouth wound in toddlers, mouth wound in preschoolers, mouth wound in gradeschoolers, mouth wound in teens, mouth wound in kids, wounds, cuts, stitches, mouth injury, mouth injuries, mouths, mouth wounds, mouths, wound on mouth, cut mouth, safety, accidents, a to z, glossary, dictionary, definitions, emergency, emergencies, kids with mouth wounds, kids and mouth wounds, when to get stitches, falls, wounded, lip wound in baby, lip wound in babies, lip wound in toddlers, lip wound in preschoolers, lip wound in gradeschoolers, lip wound in teens, lip wound in kids, wounds, cuts, stitches, lip injury, lip injuries, lips, lip wounds, lips, wound on lip, cut lip, cut lips07/23/201204/10/201909/02/20191f3dac72-405e-4518-ab83-1fdef324b92ehttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-mouth-wound.html/<p><em>May also be called: Cut</em></p> <p>An open wound of the mouth means a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/bleeding.html/">cut</a> or puncture to the lips, inner cheeks, floor, or roof or back of the mouth.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>Cuts of the upper or lower lip in children are usually due to <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/falls-sheet.html/">falls</a>. Pulling on the injured lip to inspect the wound can make bleeding worse.</p> <p>Puncture wounds of the back of the throat and soft palate sometimes happen when a child falls with an object (like a&nbsp;pencil or toothbrush) in the mouth. These wounds can be serious.</p> <p>Many mouth wounds heal without stitches. However, seek immediate medical attention for bleeding that will not stop, gaping wounds, cuts through the border of the lip, injury to the back of the throat or palate, or wounds that cause severe pain and difficulty breathing or swallowing.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>After a child receives medical attention for a mouth wound, follow instructions carefully to prevent infection and minimize scarring to the&nbsp;lips. Infections of mouth injuries are rare, but can happen.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
Cuts, Scratches, and ScrapesMost small cuts, scrapes, or abrasions heal on their own. Here are tips for teens on how to treat cuts at home - and when to get medical help.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/cuts.html/8a67c334-f7b8-4aeb-ba0b-d40c0329c38a
Dealing With CutsFind out how to handle minor cuts at home - and when to get medical care for a more serious injury.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/bleeding.html/dd98d89c-e30e-4b99-8178-bb65cc8e9c3d
First Aid: CutsMost cuts can be safely treated at home. But deeper cuts - or any wounds that won't stop bleeding - need emergency medical treatment.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cuts-sheet.html/e612779f-fd61-449d-947f-c96066443829
Household Safety: Preventing CutsIt's important to protect kids from sharp and dangerous items around and outside the home. Here are ways to prevent cuts and other injuries.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/safety-cuts.html/5440ae02-1fbb-4adf-a8dd-522628e6973d
StitchesMost kids need stitches at one time or another to help a cut heal properly. Read this article to learn all about stitches and what they do.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/stitches.html/a5bc0381-8320-4e6f-b4ad-8dfbe9777daa
When Does a Cut Need Stitches?Find out what the experts have to say.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/stitches.html/0112b539-9645-4f5a-bbe5-a880a751ac63
Wound Healing and CareHow well a wound heals depends on where it is on the body and what caused it – as well as how well someone cares for the wound at home. Find out what to do in this article for teens.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/wounds.html/8698279b-71fb-496e-a138-9564f07e71f2