Wired jaw cutting wires in an emergency (2063)

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Cutting wires in an emergency

Your child had surgery to repair a broken jawbone.  There are bars and wires that look like braces in your child’s mouth.  These will keep the jaw in place while it heals. Some or all of the wires may need to be cut in case of an emergency.  The doctor or nurse will give you a pair of wire cutters. They will show you which wires need to be cut. Be sure you or your child carries the wire cutters at all times. This includes clinic visits!  If your child has a hard time breathing or vomits, you will need to cut the wires. 

Cutting wires

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Call your child’s surgeon, nurse, or clinic if you have any concerns or if:

  • You do not have the wire cutters.
  • Any of your child’s wires or bars are loose.
  • Your child’s mouth is bleeding.
  • Your child has special health care needs not covered by this information.