Bleeding Profusely from the Mouth? No Problem!
by Wanda H.
Daddy was with our two youngest boys (4 and 2 years) in the living room and stepped into the kitchen for a minute. I heard a bump followed by a very hurt cry from our 2-year-old. Daddy went to investigate, and I knew right away by the way he called for me that it was serious.
I rushed to the door separating the rooms and was met by my husband cradling our toddler while blood poured from his mouth onto his shirt, the floor and his daddy. I took the little one to the sink and rinsed his mouth trying to see the wound as I asked what had happened. No one witnessed the fall and the toddler couldn't tell us. Meanwhile, blood continued to pour. I couldn't see the injury for all of the blood. I could tell that it hurt badly by the way my little one reacted.
I moistened paper towels with cool water and placed one after another in his mouth in an attempt to apply pressure, but I couldn't tell where to put them. After several towels were saturated with blood, I knew that I had to do something to stop the blood and evaluate the wound. Quickly, my mind raced over the material I had read.
Earlier in the day I had gone to the local health food store to get some small amounts of herbs to make a soothing lotion for a friend with mastitis. I had on hand some dried Plantain. Quickly, I checked the front of Practical Herbalism under the heading "Styptics." Plantain leaves were listed there along with Alum root. I grabbed a cotton tea bag and placed a heaping teaspoon of the plantain leaves in it with some Alum from my spice cabinet (I don't know if it came from the root of the plant or not). I poured some Agave Nectar into the bag to make it sweet. I took my little one from my husband and coaxed him into biting down on the bag. Immediately, the crying stopped. My husband took over with the baby while I called the dentist and asked for further instruction.
While we waited for the dentist to return our call, I took the baby on my lap again and encouraged him to keep sucking and biting on the bag. In less than 5 minutes, the bleeding had stopped. I was able to see the wound and describe it to the doctor when she called. She was amazed that the bleeding had stopped so quickly (after I described the wound). She also seemed puzzled to hear a laughing toddler taking a bath in the background. I discovered later that Plantain is also used to stop pain.
So, your books have already saved us the expense of an after-hours emergency room trip and saved our little Zechariah much pain and the trauma of a hospital visit.
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