Parents should now be aware about the water bottles that kids should have as an 8-year-old girl from Georgia got her tongue stuck after drinking from it.
Jayla Small, was in her cheerleading practice on September 13 when her tongue got stuck in the bottle. Her coaches tried to get her tongue free, but when they can’t ,they called the 911. But, even the paramedics can’t free her tongue, so she was rushed to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.
In the hospital, doctors tried to work on her situation. They punched holes in can and even calling in maintenance to cut to the bottom of the bottle off. But, by that time, her tongue became very swollen and the bottle had drifted so far back in her mouth and it was almost at her wisdom teeth. The doctors then decided to put her into surgery.
The doctors put her into anesthesia and it took them about an hour to free the tongue.
Now, Jayla is on antibiotics and has to use antiseptic mouthwash and sprays to help her with the swelling. Shantay Small, the mom of Jayla said that the doctor told her family that Jayla might need speech therapy due to possible nerve damages.
Shantay added that the happening was quite traumatic on the kid’s part. She couldn’t drink from a straw and her foods should be pureed. She also advised moms to throw away metal bottles with small opening.
“I would tell parents if they have them, discard them. Don’t let your young children drink from them if they don’t know how to use them,” Shantay said.