Tooth pain and discomfort is something that is commonly seen in little children. This can be associated with the growing years and the transition from milk teeth to permanent teeth. However, as parents, it is important that you are able to differentiate between pain that is normal and something that needs immediate attention. If you can see that your child is teething and the discomfort is associated with that, then there are several home remedies along with natural oils which can be used to alleviate the pain and discomfort. However, if you can see that the pain is being felt in any of the permanent teeth along with swelling and redness or any signs of blood, it is time to seek an appointment with a dentist. Some children seem to be able to cope with pain a whole lot better than others but you should be able to find out the source of the pain and treat it accordingly.
Somethings that you can do to help the child with the pain:
Information About Pain
Firstly, it is important to get as much information as possible about the pain and where the child is feeling all the discomfort. Just looking at a child you will be able to tell whether there is a need for concern. For instance, if there is a swelling on the face or the pain is accompanied by fever, then you must consult with a doctor as quickly as possible. Further, sometimes it is good to have a source you can connect with online that can give you a few ideas on how to deal with tooth pain, what could be the cause of such pain and how to help children with the pain. A good example of such a site is healthrow.net where you have a world of information about dentistry.
First and foremost, if the child is not experiencing a fever or does not have a swelling help him/her wash their mouth with a good mouthwash, help them to floss or brush gently. This may remove small pieces of food particles which may be stuck in between the teeth. Another wonderful idea is to apply a hot pack on the area where the pain is begin felt. Not only will this alleviate the pain, but it can help the child to relax and sleep a bit. It is important that you reassure the child that toothaches are fairly common and it is possible to get relief.
Finally, if all else fails, ensure that you speak with the child’s dentist. Eventually, it will be a doctor who can inspect the child and figure out the course of action and how the pain can be treated. While it is commonly done, refrain from applying any medication to the local area or giving any medication without consulting your doctor. This may aggravate the problem.
While there are several over-the-counter medications that can help with the pain, it should be used as a last resort.