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A dislocated jaw happens when the lower jawbone is pulled apart from one or both of the joints that connect the jaw to the base of the skull. This can cause problems even if the jaw pops back into place.
A dislocated jaw can happen when your child hurts his or her face in a bad fall. Less often it can happen from opening the mouth too wide.
Your child's jaw may feel stiff, swollen, and sore. It is important that your child not hurt the jaw again while he or she is healing. Make sure that your child does not try to open his or her mouth too wide. You may wrap a bandage around the jaw to help support it. Be sure your child wears the bandage as the doctor directs.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: March 2, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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