When your child starts complaining about a toothache, you’re not sure what to think at first.
It may be nothing at all. Maybe she’s just tired. But wait – there she goes again, rubbing the side of her face and looking a little grumpy.
Now you’re worried sick because you don’t like to see your little one in so much pain.
Here are the first steps to take to get your child some relief:
Find Out Where It Hurts
Ask your child exactly what the problem is. Did she accidentally bite her tongue? Does her tooth hurt? Are the gums sore? Discomfort may simply be due to new teeth coming in.
Look for Signs of Injury
Take a look at the area. This is especially important for children who can’t describe where it hurts. Examine teeth for signs of fracture or brown spots of decay. Look for loose teeth, irritated gums, swelling, or bleeding spots on the tongue, lips, and cheeks.
Whether or not there are obvious signs of trauma or disease, the following steps can help lessen the pain for your child:
Call the Dentist
Now that your child is as comfortable as possible, plan an emergency trip to your local dentist’s office. If your child develops a fever, sudden swelling, difficulty breathing, or the pain becomes severe, you may need to head to the nearest emergency room.
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