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Friedbrain Thu 01-May-14 02:23:29


DP just fell out of bed, god knows how...

She has obviously put her teeth straight through her tongue.

It has a big open cut nearly the length of it and is gapping slightly...

Do hospitals stitch tongues?

She can barely open her mouth, altho, she has spat blood afew times, it's not bleeding.

I know tongues heal really quick, and I know it's difficult because you can't see but should she be going to the hospital?

She is crying, only ever seen her cry when someone dies

Thumbwitch Thu 01-May-14 02:30:37

I don't know the answer so suggest you phone NHS Direct and see what they say.

fanjoforthemammaries7850 Thu 01-May-14 02:33:58

Yes tongues can be and should be stitched. Please take her to A and E smile

fanjoforthemammaries7850 Thu 01-May-14 02:34:38

If not stitched it will br slow healing, painful, prone to infection and may scar.

Finlaggan Thu 01-May-14 05:34:08

when DD was 3 she slipped on her step at the sink & put her teeth through her tongue, there was a hole in her tongue. GP said take her to A&E. A&E doc said they usually only stitch tongues if it spilts either almost fully horizontally or in a forked manner. He noted that the tongue is one of the fastest healing parts of the body.

within a few days it had healed not completely but you could only see a mark.

We just kept food simple for a few days but DD didn't seem too bothered.

Would definitely get her checked out to be sure there's no complications.

Friedbrain Thu 01-May-14 08:34:49

It's near enough across the whole of her tongue.
Her face is swollen and she can barely talk, but she says hospital won't do anything....sad

fanjoforthemammaries7850 Thu 01-May-14 08:38:30

Has she to been to hospital?

Please at least call GP if not.

Friedbrain Thu 01-May-14 08:46:48

No she hasn't, she's so stubborn sad sad

cuggles Thu 01-May-14 08:51:01

my son split his tongue horizontally at 18 months..people 'wisely' said to me tongues heal themselves...i left it a week...took him to gp as it healed split apart and he was sent straigt to maxfacs for operation to recut and stitch..i felt dreadful!

goshdarnit Thu 01-May-14 08:56:15

It might also be worth checking out why she fell out of bed. The combination of the fall and the bitten tongue could possibly be the result a seizure. Unlikely, but not out of the question, and worth checking out.
I would encourage her to get herself checked out, even if to get some pharmacy grade painkillers as that tongue is going to be sore.

fanjoforthemammaries7850 Thu 01-May-14 08:58:05

It needs stitched now or could heal badly and need a bigger operation.

Hope you can persuade her.

Also sympathies to her.

Finlaggan Thu 01-May-14 22:27:38

that sounds really bad. you should definitely encourage her to get it checked out.

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