If you suspect that your child has fractured his/her jaw, try to keep the jaw from moving by using a towel, necktie, or handkerchief to immobilize the jaw.

Signs of a fractured jaw include inability to open the mouth, sideways canting of the jaw upon opening, uneven teeth that appears different from before the accident, and inability to close the teeth together properly.

Take your child immediately to the nearest hospital emergency room!

Apply cold compresses to control swelling.


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