We were having such a lovely time; play indoors, perhaps encourage a little quiet time by reading stories when the kids got a bit too over excited; then we'd go out and play in the garden for 20 mins or so, (very cold), and then back indoors to warm up; play wit musical instruments - the Ukulele has been a big hit with both kids. Then back out to enjoy a bit of sunshine; then time to come indoors so I could start preparing lunch.
My little charge began to walk toward me, then she tripped over her feet and fell and wow did she scream. I thought at first maybe she'd banged her chin, so rushed over and picked her up and then I saw the blood. Oh my, so much blood. I thought maybe she'd knocked a tooth but all fine and with the pooling blood it was really hard to see what was causing it; although clearly more than a bit lip here. I wasn't panicked exactly, just terribly helpless and desperately trying to think of something to do; but really all I could do was make soothing noises and hold her until the bleeding stop; mercifully very quickly and then have a little look see. My poor beautiful little charge has bit her tongue very nastily. Initially, I thought it was quite superficial; but nonetheless I called mum to let her know. Then I made lunch; amending what I'd initially planned to give, and instead making cheese souffle, soft banana and a little pita bread. But she wouldn't eat any of it, her tongue was clearly very painful and she became really rather distressed... and during a cry I got to see the extent of the bite.
Oh my gosh; the poor love has about a cm bite across the top her tongue, maybe 1/4-1/2 inch in from the tip and it is at least 3mm deep, if not deeper, as she cried it gaped. At that point I abandoned lunch and cuddled my charge and called NHS direct for advice. I may be first aid trained but a bit tongue wasn't really covered in the training and I can hardly bandage her tongue! I also wanted to be able to give mum some advice as she hd asked me earlier what she should do, and Id said then I didnt' think it was particularly deep.
The advice is for mum to take the little one to A&E just to get someone to have a look. The little 'un has fallen asleep, so mum has decided to leave her to have her sleep and then mum will arrive later this evening to take her to A&E to get checked out. I think its the right decision, the babe is not in danger and letting her sleep I think is the kindest thing.
Rye was so empathic toward her; he kept telling me she was crying and coming up and patting her back and stroking her hair; in fact he managed to make her smile and help her to forget her sore tongue for a little while. Bless him.