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How to handle teeth grinding in toddlers

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Teeth grinding in the middle of the night or waking up from deep sleep to that sound, especially if it is coming from your infant, can be terrifying. However, teeth grinding or bruxism is quite common in babies and toddlers and as surprising as it may be, most babies grind their teeth when sleeping, but some may do it while awake.

If you notice your child grinding his teeth it could be caused by;

1 Teething pain

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 As a result of the pain induced by teething, infants may clench their jaws, and grinding their teeth helps to alleviate the agony.

2 Ear infection

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Pain from an ear infection can travel to the baby's lower jaw, causing him to grind his teeth in response. 

3 Sleep apnea

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 Babies with obstructive sleep apnea may grind their teeth as an unintended consequence of the disorder. This is because of the persistent tension on the jaw muscles, sleep apnea causes the jaw muscles to open the mouth automatically, resulting in grating and grinding of the teeth.

Here are ways to manage teeth grinding in toddlers

1 Stress management

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Stress management is one of the first things a doctor looks into when determining the cause of bruxism. As a parent, you can talk to your child to see if she is upset because of something going on in her life.

2 Dental mouth guard

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 If a toddler's teeth are severely damaged, he can sleep with a dental mouth guard on. The mouth guard, which resembles braces, acts as a barrier between the lower and upper jaws and inhibits teeth grinding, resulting in better oral health.

3 Muscle relaxants

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 The doctor may prescribe muscle relaxants as oral medications for the toddler to take before bedtime or whenever he is prone to grinding his teeth. Muscle relaxant medications are utilized as a last resort when the patient's reaction to treatment is exceptionally slow or the condition is severe.

4 Physiotherapy

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Using behavioral physiotherapy, toddlers can be taught to regulate their jaw muscles more effectively. It teaches kids how to use their jaw muscles correctly. It is especially effective for toddlers who grind their teeth even when they are awake and may have difficulty eating.

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