Human biting of children and oral manifestations of abuse: a case report and literature review

ASDC J Dent Child. 2002 Jan-Apr;69(1):92-5, 14.


A ten-month-old female was taken to the Children's Hospital of New York for evaluation of suspected child abuse. The child presented with a severe oral herpetic infection, tongue laceration, and multiple bite marks. Social services confirmed that a parent bit the child's tongue.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bites, Human / diagnosis*
  • Child Abuse / diagnosis*
  • Ear, External / injuries
  • Facial Injuries / diagnosis
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Lip / injuries*
  • Lip Diseases / virology
  • Stomatitis, Herpetic / diagnosis
  • Tongue / injuries*