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Mommy Freak Out Moment

Max has a little tumble this afternoon. It was one of those things where he did not fall far or hard but he still hit the side of a rocking chair at a bad angle... with his teeth.

There was a lot of blood in his mouth when it happened and it looked like his gums were bleeding above his front teeth. He has a red line across his cheek from the corner of his mouth and he has a fat upper lip on that side. He calmed down before I did. He wanted to nurse about 20 minutes after it happened and he was able to do that without any apparent discomfort. I was able to get him to take some Tylenol and he seemed to perk up. He was a little easier to upset this evening, but for the most part he was running and playing and babbling up a storm as usual.

He fell asleep before his Tylenol would have worn off, though it has worn off by now and he has yet to wake up again. If he does I am going to give him some more before I put him back to bed.

One he was asleep I was able to look into his mouth.

His two front teeth used to be level with the ones on either side, but they are now a bit shorter. And the little bit of skin that connects his gums to his upper lip between his front teeth is torn a little and there is a narrow tear across his lip on the inside about a centimeter or so long. His gums look like they are pretty swollen, and that is making it harder to tell exactly how much his teeth got pushed back in.

Has anyone had any experience with this type of tooth injury in a toddler? The tear in his lip is not deep or wide enough to need stitching, but I am worried about his teeth.



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Sep. 3rd, 2008 03:01 am (UTC)
Yep. Something similar happened to our oldest when he was about 18 months old or so. He tripped and fell and landed teeth-first on a saw that was sitting in the corner of our living room (don't ask why a saw was in our living room. I don't know.)

In our case, Andy actually chipped one of his front teeth. We called the Pediatrician's office, and the nurse on duty (because of course this had to happen after hours) had us go into the emergency room. They took a look at it to make sure there were no bad cuts in his mouth and sent us home with instructions to use ice or popcicles and tylenol, just like what you're doing, and to take him to see his pediatrician the next day. She told us to take him to the pediatric dentist because of the chipped tooth.

The dentist filed down the chipped tooth to get rid of the rough edges and make it even with the other one (one was pushed up into his gums just like poor Max, and the other got chipped). He basically just told us to watch the teeth for signs of damage--if they turned brown or fell out, for example--and sent us on our way.

He didn't have any other problems with them. He lost them when he was 6, just like everyone else. There was no damage to his adult teeth, and everything's perfectly normal with them (if you discount the fact that he fell and broke one of his adult front teeth when he was 13).

If it worries you, I'd take him in to see his doctor. S/he can give you an idea on whether or not Max needs to see a dentist.

Sep. 3rd, 2008 05:03 am (UTC)
I'm right there with ya, don't freak out.

While in my care, my nephew fell off a chair, landed on his mouth, blood gushing the whole bit. He had a deep bite on both the inside and outside of his lip - and for the first several minutes I was quite convinced - based on the screaming and the blood - that he had bitten all the way through. He hadn't. My neice, also while in my care, landed on her face while running. She has adult teeth. And again, based on the blood and the screaming, I was convinced she had knocked them loose and broken her nose.

I say, you know your child best. Base your decision on his comfort and behaviour. If he seems hunky dory, he probably is. However, if it makes YOU feel better, take him in to see someone. No harm no foul. If you're overreacting - your just being a good mum. If something is wrong - your being a a good mum. But don't freak out - every kid lands on their face at one point or another, and whatever you decide, he will be fine.
Sep. 3rd, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
*hugs Tory* I had that happen to me as a kid....don't remember the situation but one of my upper teeth was pushed back a bit....it was just my baby tooth so when the adult one grew in...everything was fine...
Sep. 3rd, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
Hope wee Max is feeling better. As they are baby teeth, it should not matter too much unless he has trouble chewing or something. Sounds like you are doing the right thing with the tylenol and so on. I guess he probably won't notice after a few days! Never mind, these sorts of things happen to most kids at some stage.
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