Any parent that has survived the stress of teething knows that toothaches can be some of the worst experiences for new parents. There are unfortunately some stressful and unhappy moments when your child gets a toothache for the first time, or what might seem like the millionth time, but this is a normal part of every child’s development and there are things you can do to help.
Toothaches may keep your child from going to sleep, and they might not be able to tell you exactly where it hurts, these are both distressing elements for a parent. It’s important to stay clam when your child is in pain. Being comforting and confident will go along way towards showing them that everything is going to be okay and there’s nothing to worry about.
Check the area that your child is complaining about thoroughly, or if they can’t communicate well, go ahead and inspect their mouth to make sure it is the tooth that hurts and not sore gums or a bite to the tongue. If it is a true toothache it is probably due to emerging teeth, decay, or food that’s gotten stuck in between teeth and irritated gums.
It’s always best to consult with your pediatric dentist to make sure that nothing more serious is going on, but some simple at home remedies will go along way. Give your child a glass of warm water, the correct dosage of an over the counter pain medication (it’s best to get one approved for children that is appropriate for their height and weight), and try to distract them with their favorite movie or game.
Contact a doctor if the pain persists for more than two hours or if your child appears to be sick—vomiting, diarrhea, or fever could be signs of a more serious problem as well. For the most part though, toothaches are an unfortunate part of life that you and your child will learn to deal with in time. Just be sure to keep up with their overall dental health and avoid tooth decay as much as possible.