Why does a child grind his teeth at night and how to deal with it
Many mothers begin to worry, when instead of even snuffling out of the baby's crib, the baby's teeth gnash. The grinding can last from a couple of seconds to several minutes, it is not recommended to leave this fact without due attention.
The phenomenon, when a child grinds his teeth at night, is called bruxism. More than 50% of preschool children suffer from bruxism, but for most of them the creaking of teeth ceases by itself. Despite the medical description of this phenomenon, it has not been possible to find out the main reason why the child grinds his teeth at night.
Doctors have identified some of the causes that can cause bruxism, and in most cases, eliminating them leads to the elimination of the creaking of teeth.
We list the main reasons why the child gnashing his teeth at night, and try to cope with bruxism in children.
- Stressful condition. The most common reason for the creaking of teeth at night is the tense situation in the family, various internal complexes, emotional tension, etc. All this creates a load on the nervous system of the child. Observe on what day the baby is most tired and how he behaves at night. You will certainly find out the pattern in the active daytime entertainment of the child and his gnashing at night. At night, he gets rid of energy, which he did not manage to use during the day.
Useful tips for moms
- As soon as you heard that your child is grinding his teeth at night, think about how to relax the baby before going to bed. Perhaps you can help walk in the fresh air, moving, but not emotional games, reading quiet good fairy tales before going to bed. In addition to the above, doctors recommend to prepare a soothing bath for a child before bed. It will help to relieve nervous tension and "razmorit" the baby.
- Before going to bed, ask the child to chew carrots or something from fruits, except citrus fruits. This will help relax and wear down the jaw muscles, which will reduce the activity of grinding.
- Make a baby compress - soak a towel in hot water, squeeze it a little and attach it to the lower part of the face. Increased temperature helps to reduce muscle tension.
Regardless of the reasons for the creaking of teeth at night, it will soon stop, and your child will be able to sleep peacefully, without even getting tired of the day. Bruxism can be considered an age-related phenomenon, it affects mainly children of preschool age. Soon the child will simply outgrow this problem.
If, in spite of age, the baby continues to grind his teeth at night, it is necessary to visit a doctor and not delay treatment, believing that bruxism will pass by himself. A child of junior school age, suffering from bruxism, can feel headaches and toothaches in the morning, arising from a constant muscular load.