A cut (laceration) on the lip can be on the outside of your child's mouth, or it may include the skin inside the mouth. Cuts to the lip usually heal quickly. But your child's lip may be sore while it heals.
The doctor used stitches to close the cut. Using stitches helps the cut heal. The doctor may also have called in a specialist, such as a plastic surgeon, to close the cut.
The cut may leave a scar that will fade over time. The doctor took special care to close the cut so that the edges line up. This can help reduce scarring.
If the cut went deep and through the skin, the doctor may have put in two layers of stitches. The deeper layer brings the deep part of the cut together. These stitches will dissolve and don't need to be removed. The stitches in the upper layer are the ones you see on the cut. Your child may have strips of tape covering part of the cut.
The stitches may dissolve on their own. Or the doctor may need to remove the stitches in about 3 to 5 days.
The doctor has checked your child carefully, but problems can develop later. If you notice any problems or new symptoms, get medical treatment right away.
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 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 20, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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