It’s often a parent’s obligation to try to make things better when it comes to childhood injuries – cuts and scratches, growing pains, even wounded pride.
However, it can be difficult to tell if the pain is indicative of a major problem or a situation that will fix itself as soon as the sun rises. If you have a toothache, here are some broad guidelines to assist you figure out what the best course of action is.
1. A child's toothache isn't usually an emergency unless it's accompanied by fever and edema.
The first step is to relax (both you and the youngster) – and then chat! Determine the source of the discomfort, as well as when and why it began.
(Perhaps your youngster forgot to inform you about the gym accident…) A little detective work might sometimes reveal what’s causing the discomfort.
2. The most prevalent cause of toothaches is tooth decay, which is a bacteria-induced infection.
Examine the gums surrounding the sore tooth next. It’s a symptom of trauma if they have cuts or bruises. If you only see swelling, it could mean an abscess is forming.
3. If nothing appears to be wrong, floss both sides of the tooth lightly.
This may help to dislodge any stuck food or candies, as well as ease pressure and soreness.
4. Use an adequate dose of acetaminophen or ibuprofen to relieve discomfort.
According to the medication’s directions, adjust the dose based on your child’s age and weight.
You can also apply an ice pack to the outside of your jaw for one minute on, one minute off.
However, never apply aspirin (or any other pain reliever) directly to a child’s gums: It can cause severe irritation and burns.
5. Any pain that keeps a kid awake at night or lasts into the next day should be evaluated by a doctor as soon as feasible.
Otherwise, unless the pain goes away immediately and you’re certain you know what caused the toothache, you should bring your child in as soon as possible for a checkup.