Cut or Bite on Cheek, Lip or Tongue

What does a pediatrician do?

If your child bites their tongue lip or cheek and there is bleeding, we recommend the following steps:

  1. Apply firm but gentle pressure with gauze or a clean washcloth.
  2. Give your child Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or Ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) if needed.
  3. If bleeding does not stop within 20 minutes or it cannot be controlled by simple pressure, take your child to a hospital emergency room.