Open Wound, Lip

ExitCare ImageAn open wound is a break in the skin caused by an injury. An open wound to the lip can be a scrape, cut, or hole (puncture). Good wound care will help:

  • Lessen pain.

  • Prevent infection.

  • Lessen scarring.


  • Wash off all dirt.

  • Clean your wounds daily with gentle soap and water.

  • Eat soft foods or liquids while your wound is healing.

  • Rinse the wound with salt water after each meal.

  • Apply medicated cream after the wound has been cleaned as told by your doctor.

  • Follow up with your doctor as told.


  • There is more redness or puffiness (swelling) in or around the wound.

  • There is increasing pain.

  • You have a temperature by mouth above 102° F (38.9° C), not controlled by medicine.

  • Your baby is older than 3 months with a rectal temperature of 102° F (38.9° C) or higher.

  • Your baby is 3 months old or younger with a rectal temperature of 100.4° F (38° C) or higher.

  • There is yellowish white fluid (pus) coming from the wound.

  • Very bad pain develops that is not controlled with medicine.

  • There is a red line on the skin above or below the wound.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch this condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.